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Dangerous Cladding

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Government remedial fund, limited solely to ACM cladding on tall buildings is too restrictive and inadequate in quantum. Other types of cladding are often equally dangerous but are excluded; and residents are facing huge bills for ‘waking watch’ and other fire prevention works. Will you lobby the Government to extend and improve the scheme in London to allow other high fire risk buildings to be included?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I have long called for the existing cladding remediation funds to be extended. While it is welcome that the Government announced in the Budget an additional £1 billion for building safety, this is simply not sufficient. This funding only applies to buildings over 18m and I am concerned that most local authorities and housing associations will be ineligible for this funding on the basis that that they did the right thing by committing early on to protect leaseholders from costs.