Coronavirus: High Rise Flats

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th January 2021.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any additional funding will be made available to help local authorities make high-rise buildings covid-safe during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We have continued to support councils throughout the pandemic, demonstrated by the fact we have provided over £4.6 billion in un-ringfenced funding to councils across four tranches throughout the financial year. This is un-ringfenced funding intended to ensure that local areas can prioritise based on their own understanding of local pressures.

In total, we have committed over £7.2 billion for local authorities even before the extension of the Contain Outbreak Management Fund for those authorities under the highest level of restriction - potentially worth over £200 million a month - announced as part of the Covid-19 Winter Plan.

Alongside this, we have provided a range of guidance to support people and mitigate the risk of transmission, including residents living in blocks/ buildings with shared spaces. I refer the Hon. member to the answer to Question UIN 122933 on 8 December 2020.

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