UK could be breaking international law over cladding, says UN

The UN has warned Britain that its failure to strip combustible cladding from high-rise buildings containing tens of thousands homes may be a breach of international law. In a fresh headache for the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, the global body is demanding answers about the UK government’s delayed programme […] Click here to view original…

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Manchester tower block residents ineligible for £1bn recladding fund

Residents of a Manchester tower block facing bills of thousands of pounds to fix dangerous cladding have been dealt “a massive blow” after finding out they are ineligible to apply for the government’s new £1bn building safety fund. The fund, which was officially launched on Tuesday , excludes remediation […] Click here to view original…

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

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…

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Social landlords ‘face £10bn bill to fix fire safety problems’

Social landlords have warned they are facing a bill of more than £10bn to fix fire safety problems after the Grenfell Tower disaster and that much-needed affordable housebuilding is in jeopardy unless the government funds a bailout. The cost is at least 25 times greater than the £400m budgeted […] Click here to view original…

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MPs urge government to fix all buildings with dangerous cladding

MPs have demanded that the government finally foot a multi-billion-pound bill to bail out hundreds of thousands of apartment owners caught in the post-Grenfell fire safety crisis . Hilary Benn , MP for Leeds Central, on Wednesday led cross-party calls for the chancellor, Sajid Javid, to urgently increase the […] Click here to view original…

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