The government have stepped in and announced they will cover the £200 million cost of replacing the cladding on the 170 privately owned tower blocks that currently have the same type of cladding that caused the Grenfell Tower fire to spread so quickly, where the freeholder has failed to do so. Housing Secretary James Brokenshire said: "While some building owners have been swift to act, and I thank them for doing the right thing, I am now calling time on the delay tactics of others. If these reckless building owners won’t act, the government will."
Pemberstone, Aberdeen Asset Management, Barratt Developments, Fraser Properties, Legal & General and Mace and Peabody are those owners and developers who have willingly funded the replacement works on their blocks themselves.
It will be two years next month since the disaster happened, hopefully this news means those still living in blocks with unsafe cladding are a step closer to feeling safer in their homes. Press release here.