London Councils has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will cover the £200m bill of replacing Grenfell Tower-type cladding on privately-owned blocks in England.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing & Planning, said:
“We heartily welcome this announcement, which will be a relief to many Londoners living in privately-owned blocks.
“London boroughs have consistently highlighted the unacceptable delays in removing dangerous cladding from privately-owned blocks, so we are pleased to see the government taking action.
“It’s essential that leaseholders are protected from exorbitant bills, that councils can fund remediation and enforcement, and that this much-needed work is strictly timetabled.
“And while today’s announcement is good news, there remain concerns over other types of potentially unsafe cladding and remediation costs. The government must continue to work closely with local councils in addressing these issues. Boroughs are determined to ensure all Londoners are safe – and feel safe – in their homes.”