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GOVERNMENT OVERHAULS ITS APPROACH TO BUILDING SAFETY CRISIS

This afternoon (Monday 10th January 2022), the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove gave a statement to the House of Commons, confirming an ‘overhaul’ of the Government’s approach to the building safety crisis.

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Four Years on From Grenfell

Four years ago today, the UK experienced the worst residential fire since the Second World War. In the early hours of 14th June 2017, a fire broke out on the fourth floor of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London. Over 250 firefighters battled to put out the blaze, but it would eventually claim 72 lives.

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Nigel Glen Discusses the Hurdles to Solving the Cladding Crisis on BBC Radio 4

On Tuesday 23rd February, ARMA CEO Nigel Glen spoke to Evan Davis on BBC Radio 4 about the hurdles to fixing the current cladding crisis. Despite the recent  announcement of a further £3.5 billion to fix unsafe cladding, the funds may not be accessible until all other fire safety defects within buildings are put right, including fire breaks and compartmentation issues. These costs would fall outside the scope of the current funding, meaning leaseholders could be left facing impossible fees, once again.

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Government Announces Further Support to Help End the Cladding Crisis

Almost four years after the Grenfell Tragedy, ARMA welcomes the Secretary of State’s announcement today that an additional £3.5bn in funding will be provided to help remediate buildings over 18 metres with unsafe cladding to add to the £1.6bn already earmarked. The ‘exceptional intervention’ marks increased Government support for leaseholders trapped in unsellable flats that are at risk from potentially deadly fires. The culmination of an industry-wide effort, the announcement proves that ARMA’s extensive work with the MHCLG, industry bodies, cladding action groups, press and TV and engagement with scores of MPs over the years has played its part in ensuring that further action on cladding remediation has remained high on the Government’s agenda.

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ARMA welcomes Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee feedback on draft Building Safety Bill which urges greater clarity

The Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) has welcomed the HCLG Committee feedback on the Building Safety Bill, which pushes for further detail in key areas including funding, responsibilities linked to the Bill and scope.

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