26 May 2020
In response to the government's £1bn Building Safety Fund prospectus, Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation says:
“It is really good news that the government have clarified they will cover the costs of replacing dangerous cladding for all leaseholders, including those in the social housing sector. Housing associations agree that leaseholders should not have to pay for these works.
“The cost of ensuring all buildings are safe in a post-Grenfell environment is significant - and is still growing as we understand the scale of work required to replace cladding, install sprinklers and fix compartmentation. As a result, not-for-profit housing associations are having to make difficult decisions in order to prioritise safety works above all else and keep their residents safe. This includes having to redirect funds away from building new social housing and investment in existing homes.”