May pledges £400m for cladding upgrades
The government will pay for the removal and replacement of dangerous cladding from some tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire, prime minister Theresa May has announced.
Only buildings owned by councils and housing associations will qualify, the government said.
Funding for the work, costing an estimated £400m, was revealed ahead of the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 71 people died, on 14 June last year.
Dame Judith Hackitt, who has been appointed to lead an independent investigation into Building Regulations and fire safety, is expected to publish her final report tomorrow.
May said: "As we approach the anniversary of the appalling tragedy that was the Grenfell Tower fire, our thoughts are with the victims and survivors and all those affected by that tragedy.
But she warned that while councils and housing associations "must remove dangerous cladding quickly", the new scheme should not undermine other "important maintenance and repair work".