PM pledges £400m to replace high-rise cladding

Grenfell Tower RH

Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined plans to cover £400m of costs for councils and housing associations to replace potentially dangerous cladding from high-rise blocks in the wake of the Grenfell tower disaster.

She announced the plans at Prime Minister’s Questions, where the PM said it would be “wrong” if the cost of cladding work meant housing providers had less money.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire last June, cladding was tested on tower blocks across the UK, with 299 failing fire safety tests. As of January, only three of those buildings had replaced the cladding. Last month Barratt Homes, who built the Citiscape block in Croydon, promised to cover the estimated £2m cost to replace cladding on that building.

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