Government funding to replace cladding on private high-rise buildings
The Government will fully fund the work to replace cladding on around 170 private high-rise buildings.
Around £200 million will be made available to remove and replace unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding, which is similar to that used on Grenfell Tower.
The RLA has been campaigning for the Government to introduce a low-interest loan scheme for private sector buildings to cover the cost of such works, for several months.
High-rise buildings are defined as those above 18 metres in height. The government has already fully funded this work in social housing developments.
RLA low cost loan proposal
During an evidence session to the Hackitt Select Committee last year, our policy manager John Stewart addressed the issue of funding replacement cladding, stating that the RLA would like the Government to introduce a low-interest loan scheme for private sector building owners. This is so that remedial work is carried out as quickly as possible, where unsafe cladding is found and needs to be removed.
The Government says that building owners will have 3 months to access the new fund and that further action can be taken on those who fail to remediate.