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ARMA CEO Nigel Glen Reacts to New £30 million Waking Watch Relief Fund on BBC News Live

On Thursday 17th December, the government announced plans to help end the scandal of excessive waking watch costs, as part of a further move to support thousands of residents in high-rise buildings.

 

The £30 million Waking Watch Relief Fund aims to help end the scandal of excessive waking watch costs, as part of a further move to support thousands of residents in high-rise buildings.

Similarly the “start on site” deadline has been extended six months, to 30 September 2021. There is also the provision of a £30m fund for 18m-plus HRRB's with unsafe cladding, for the installation of fire alarms where this would remove the requirement for waking watches.

The steps today will help worried leaseholders who may have faced high costs for interim safety measures by providing financial support and delivering a better, long term fire safety system in their buildings.

ARMA CEO Nigel Glen said: '[The extension is] a huge relief for managing agents and leaseholders. In addition a £30m fund to help pay for fire alarms to replace waking watches in those buildings above 18m awaiting cladding remediation is a part of the announcement.

'[Our members can] find here a letter, received from MHCLG concerning extending the deadline for applications to the Building Safety Fund to 30 June 2021, which I am sure will be welcome news to you and your leaseholders. 

'The letter also contains important details concerning eligibility and professional expertise and I would encourage you to read it carefully.'

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