Changes to the Building Safety Fund and reopening the Waking Watch Relief Fund

03 June 2021

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have updated the Building Safety Fund guidance to reflect some limited flexibility around the 30 June deadline for applications.

The Building Safety Fund provides grants to remediate unsafe non-Aluminum Cladding Material (ACM) cladding systems on high-rise buildings. 

The deadline for claims from the Fund is 30 June 2021 and remedial works must start on site by 30 September. However, MHCLG has confirmed it will take a case-by-case approach to assessing claims where these deadlines cannot be met.

The NHF has been raising housing associations’ challenges in meeting the deadline for the Fund, despite working as quickly as possible to inspect and remediate buildings with safety concerns. MHCLG will still expect organisations claiming from the Fund to provide realistic but ambitious project delivery timetables and will consider enforcement action where they believe progress is too slow.

For more information on the changes, please see MHCLG’s updated Building Safety Fund guidance. We understand that the guidance for Social Sector Grants will be updated in the same way.

Reopening of the Waking Watch Relief Fund

The Waking Watch Relief Fund has reopened for applications for four weeks from 26 May to 24 June 2021 to use unallocated funding from the initial £30m. MHCLG expect there to be at least £2m of funding available.

The Fund was set up to pay for the cost of installing an alarm system in residential buildings with unsafe cladding, as a means to reduce reliance on ‘waking watch’ measures. Housing associations can only apply if they can evidence that they have been charging leaseholders for waking watch services in eligible buildings.

For more information on how to apply to the Fund, please see MHCLG’s guidance on the Waking Watch Relief Fund.

Who to speak to

Victoria Moffett, Head of Building and Fire Safety Programmes