Britain will spend 400 million pound stripping high-rise buildings of the dangerous cladding blamed for last year's Grenfell Tower fire which left 71 people dead, Prime Minister Theresa May 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 House of Commons.
"Work has already started on 104 of these," she added.
The material is blamed for fuelling the devastating June 14 London 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 spokeswoman said.
She warned that the work to remove and replace the cladding 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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