The MHCLG announcement on Building Safety
- On 10 February 2021, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG) announced that the Government will pay for the removal of unsafe cladding for leaseholders in all residential buildings 18 metres (6 storeys) and over. In England the government would provide £3.5bn on top of the £1.6bn that it has already put towards removing dangerous cladding, taking the total figure to £5bn.
- An additional finance scheme to provide support for leaseholders in buildings between 11 and 18 metres (4 to 6 storeys), ensuring “they never pay more than £50 a month for cladding removal”.
- An industry levy and tax to ensure developers pay their part. The ‘gateway levy’ is expected to raise £2bn from the country’s largest developers in the next 10 years, and will be used to fix historic fire safety defects.
- A new safety regime provided by the Building Safety Act 2021 “to ensure a tragedy like Grenfell never happens again”.
- Attempting to address the EWS1 problem that has had far-reaching impact on the housing market for flats in blocks..