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UK to spend £400m removing Grenfell Tower-style cladding

UK to spend £400m removing Grenfell Tower-style cladding”

It comes after concerns were raised about the combustible nature of tower block cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in June previous year, which killed 71 people.

The government will pay in full for councils and housing associations to remove and replace unsafe cladding at an estimated cost of £400 million, the prime minister has announced.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) is shown around the site by presenter Nick Knowles of a DIY SOS project to build a new community centre in support of those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London on May 18, 2018. Weeks after the fire, the government said survivors would be offered permanent furnished social housing within 12 months.

Theresa May confirmed the unsafe materials would be removed during Prime Minister's Questions earlier today.

'When Grenfell survivors and anxious residents in other tower blocks should have seen action, they have had to suffer painfully slow progress and broken promises.

"Work has already started on 104 of these", she added.

Mrs May's announcement at prime minister's questions in the House of Commons came before a Labour-led debate on Grenfell.

"Councils and housing associations must remove risky cladding quickly", May said.

May told MPs more than 1,250 tower blocks had been checked by fire investigators since the blaze, and 158 buildings need their cladding replacing.

He said: 'While the priority for councils has been getting on with what they need to do to ensure people are safe in their homes following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the LGA has been involved in public and private conversations with the Government about the financial implications.

The work will cost an estimated £400m.



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