Chancellor announces £1BILLION fund to remove deadly Grenfell cladding from people's homes

A NEW £1BILLION will be set up to help millions of people get deadly "Grenfell cladding" off their homes.

The Chancellor revealed that the Government will step in to stop squabbling between home-owners and housing associations over who should pay.

Last year a £600m pot was set up to take off some dangerous cladding – but it didn't cover other types of dangerous material and wasn't available to everyone.

Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons today: "Two and a half years on, we are still grappling with the tragic legacy of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

"Expert advice is clear that new public funding must concentrate on removing unsafe materials from high rise residential buildings. So, today, I am creating a new Building Safety Fund worth £1 billion."

MPs, independent experts and Labour have repeatedly called for help to rip off the dangerous materials.

Some people are stuck in unsafe homes and unable to sell them – or afford the cost of making them fit to live in again.
Mr Sunak said that  "all unsafe combustible cladding will be removed from every private and social residential building above 18 metres high."

Last year minister revealed that thousands of buildings had potentially unsafe cladding on them.

Hospitals, schools, nursing homes and residential tower blocks are all believed to be wrapped in the dangerous material.

Some 72 people died after a blaze tore through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in West London in June 2017.

The cladding – known as ACM – and design of the building acted as a chimney, helping the lethal blaze engulf he block within minutes.

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