Councils given power to strip cladding from private blocks

Local authorities are being given the power to strip combustible cladding from private blocks and recover the costs from building owners.

The Government has lost patience with private owners who have refused to remove and replace unsafe aluminium composite material ACM cladding in the wake of Grenfell.

Secretary of State for Communities,James Brokenshire said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe in their homes and I have repeatedly made clear that building owners and developers must replace dangerous ACM cladding. And the costs must not be passed on to leaseholders.

“My message is clear – private building owners must pay for this work now or they should expect to pay more later.”

The government has also laid regulations before Parliament  banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes.

The ban means combustible materials will not be permitted on the external walls of new buildings over 18 metres containing flats, as well as new hospitals, residential care premises, dormitories in boarding schools and student accommodation.