Leaseholders: Fire Safety Costs

Part of Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

In beginning, may I wish you, Mr Speaker, all Members of the House and its staff, and, of course, my right hon. Friend Caroline Nokes a very happy new year?

We have announced a new £30 million fund to help end the scandal of excessive waking watch costs. This will fund the installation of alarm systems in buildings with unsafe cladding, reducing or removing the dependence on costly interim measures such as a waking watch. We estimate that that will save residents a combined £3 million each month. Alongside that, we continue to prioritise the removal of unsafe cladding and have committed funds to help make homes safer, faster.