High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to assist private owner occupiers of properties that have hazardous cladding.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government’s priority is to ensure that residents of high-rise buildings above 18 metres with unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems are, and feel, safe

A joint expert inspection team will support local authorities in ensuring, and, where necessary, enforcing remediation of private sector high-rise residential buildings with unsafe ACM cladding systems. To support the work of the inspection team, Government has made further funding available up to £1 million.

Officials continue to engage with developers, building owners and managing agents with responsibility for buildings with unsafe ACM cladding systems to ensure that they are fully remediated as quickly as possible. We have written to all relevant private sector building owners reminding them of their responsibilities towards making their buildings safe, and the Secretary of State has set his strong expectation that leaseholders should be protected from the costs of remediation.

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