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UK to spend 400m pound removing Grenfell Tower-style cladding from high-rises

AFP  |  London 

Britain will spend 400 million pound stripping high-rise buildings of the dangerous blamed for last year's Tower fire which left 71 people dead, said today.

"I can today confirm that the government will fully fund the removal and replacement of dangerous cladding, by councils and housing associations, estimated at 400 million pound (458 million euro, USD 539 million)," May told lawmakers at the

A total of 158 social housing high-rises -- defined as buildings over 18 metres (59 feet) -- will be renovated in a process expected to take around two years, a said.

"Work has already started on 104 of these," she added.

"Those that have begun re-will also have access to the fund." But the money will not be available to private landlords undertaking work on cladding, according to

The material is blamed for fuelling the devastating June 14 tower block blaze.

"We expect private building owners to take responsiblity themselves for removing and replacing cladding, and not pass those costs on to leaseholders," the said.

The also noted in parliament that fire and have visited over 1,250 high-rise buildings for inspections, as

She warned that the work to remove and replace the should be done promptly alongside other needed improvements to social housing.

"Councils and housing associations must remove dangerous cladding quickly," May said.

"But paying for these works must not undermine their ability to do important maintenance and repair work.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 19:30 IST