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Cladding remediation works stall in latest data

Replacement of cladding on private and social housing blocks has stalled, according to new data from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

There were no new completions of cladding replacement on residential towers in the month to 12 October, while only one new remediation project commenced during that time.

As of 12 October, the number of social and private housing blocks over 18 m identified as having non-compliant cladding stood at 364 – unchanged from the government’s previous update on 14 September.

The number of blocks where remedial work has been signed off was also unchanged, with two private blocks completed out of 205 and 22 social towers finished out of 159.

There was almost no change in the number of blocks where remedial work had commenced.

Social housing blocks currently undergoing remediation rose from 98 to 99, while on private blocks it was unchanged at 12.

The latest data showed that, out of the 205 private residential blocks with non-compliant cladding, remedial works have not started on 93 per cent of buildings.

Plans are in place or being developed for the slim majority of these, but the MHCLG said the owners of 86 private housing blocks had not confirmed plans to carry out remedial works.

Greater progress has been made on hotels and student accommodation blocks, with work on 15 out of the 90 non-compliant buildings identified having been completed.

Responding to the latest data, secretary of state for communities James Brokenshire said: “Removing and replacing unsafe cladding must be done properly and, in the meantime, fire and rescue services are working with building owners to ensure that interim safety measures are in place so that residents are safe now.” 

The nature of the cladding on 30 private sector buildings is still unknown.

Enforcement notices to provide data to the MHCLG have been issued to the owners of these building and the department expects “a handful” of them to have non-compliant cladding.

Earlier this month the government released £248m of the £400m allocated to fund the replacement of ACM cladding on social housing blocks.

On private blocks, disputes have continued in some quarters over which parties should pay for remedial works.

Housebuilder Bellway announced last week that it had set aside £5.9m to replace dangerous cladding on its buildings.

Barratt, Legal & General, Mace and Taylor Wimpey have also agreed to foot the bill for cladding remediation.

The MHCLG has been contacted for comment.

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