Budget 2020: £1bn fund to strip cladding from tall buildings

Budget 2020: £1bn fund to strip cladding from tall buildings

By gecal | 11 March 2020

A £1bn fund to help strip combustible cladding from homes in privately owned tower blocks is “a huge step forward”, but likely to be too little and would still leave thousands of people in financial and safety limbo, leaseholders said. The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, accepted demands to bail out […] Click here to view original…

Chancellor gives boost to owners of St Francis Tower flats in Ipswich

Chancellor gives boost to owners of St Francis Tower flats in Ipswich

By News Feed | 11 March 2020

Cladding is being removed from St Francis Tower. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first budget was full of giveaways and measures to help businesses and individuals cope with the coronavirus crisis – and possibly good news for the owners of flats in St Francis Tower in Ipswich. […] Click here to view original…

Government announces additional £1bn fund to tackle unsafe cladding

Government announces additional £1bn fund to tackle unsafe cladding

By News Feed | 11 March 2020

In his 2020 Budget , the Chancellor has today announced an additional £1bn of government funding to address the issue of unsafe cladding on high rise buildings, ending months of uncertainty for building owners and leaseholders. Up to now, the Government has provided funding to cover the cost of […] Click here to view original…

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Housing sector welcomes ‘upbeat’ Budget

By News Feed | 11 March 2020

Chancellor announces measures to boost affordable housing and remove dangerous cladding from high-rise buildings The housing sector has welcomed the decision by Rishi Sunak to use his 2020 Budget to announce a series of spending initiatives, including a £12bn five-year affordable housing programme. The funding settlement includes £9.5bn of […] Click here to view original…

Fire wardens to patrol Watford flats after cladding issues

Fire wardens to patrol Watford flats after cladding issues

By News Feed | 11 March 2020

Rainbow House at Water Lane (Photo: Street View) A housing association is assuring people that their properties are still safe after concerns over recent inspections on cladding. People at Rainbow House, Water Lane, were shocked to have fire wardens patrolling the property after a recent inspection found poorly installed […] Click here to view original…

Budget 2020: £1 billion Building Safety Fund announced to tackle Grenfell-style cladding

Budget 2020: £1 billion Building Safety Fund announced to tackle Grenfell-style cladding

By News Feed | 11 March 2020

In the first budget of 2020, the newly-appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced that extra funds will be made available from the Government to support the removal of combustible Grenfell-style cladding on tower blocks. Experts had already commented that the original £600m would not be enough, […] Click here to view original…

£1 billion fund to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings

£1 billion fund to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings

By News Feed | 11 March 2020

Rishi Sunak announced the money to scrap all unsafe cladding from residential buildings over 18 metres tall in the Budget on Wednesday. Grenfell Tower Inquiry The Chancellor has announced a £1 billion fund to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise residential buildings, as the Government continues to “grapple” with the […] Click here to view original…

MPs launch inquiry into cladding removal work

MPs launch inquiry into cladding removal work

By News Feed | 10 March 2020

Housing committee to look at pace of remediation The chair of an influential committee of MPs has called on the government to do more to help homeowners whose properties are clad in dangerous material. Clive Betts, who heads the housing, communities and local government committee, said the government’s support […] Click here to view original…

MPs launch inquiry into ‘slow progress’ replacing dangerous cladding

MPs launch inquiry into ‘slow progress’ replacing dangerous cladding

By News Feed | 10 March 2020

A parliamentary select committee has launched an inquiry into the removal of dangerous cladding from high-rise buildings The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will scrutinise the pace of removals and level of government funding set aside to help. It will also look at the wider problems faced by […] Click here to view original…

L&Q reveals fire safety bill could top £450m as its leaseholders plead for Budget help

L&Q reveals fire safety bill could top £450m as its leaseholders plead for Budget help

By News Feed | 10 March 2020

L&Q has revealed it could cost “in excess of £450m” to inspect and remediate its buildings so they meet government requirements, as leaseholders living in blocks owned by L&Q asked for help in the Budget. L&Q’s head office in London (picture: Sonny Dhamu) Sharelines In a statement to Inside […] Click here to view original…