Healey brands latest cladding removal stats ‘shameful’

“When are the Tories going to get a grip?”

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New stats show some 7,000 homes in the social residential sector are still to be remediated, as the government struggles to get ahead of stripping out ACM cladding.

By the MHCLG’s assessment, there are 135 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings in England that have completed remediation works to remove and replace ACM systems – an increase of eight since the end of November.

This leaves a total of 315 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings with ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations and yet to be remediated.

Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said that, over three years on from Grenfell, the new stats were “shameful”.

He said: “When are the Tories going to get a grip?

“315 buildings have been identified with the same deadly cladding but still haven’t had it replaced, – 76 blocks don’t even have a plan to do so,” he said.

The stats show 91 social-sector residential buildings were still to have high-risk ACM cladding removed as of 31st Dec, with 159 high-rise blocks identified with ACM cladding unlikely to meet building regulations.

Of these, 68 buildings – 43% of all identified social-sector residential buildings – have completed remediation, including receiving sign-off from building control where necessary.

That’s up two on the number for November and includes two blocks that have vacated residents and removed cladding prior to demolition.

The remediated social-sector residential buildings account for approximately 4,500 homes.

The total number of starts in social residential sector has decreased by two, as buildings in this category last month (December) have now completed remediation.

There are approximately 7,000 dwellings in the social residential sector that are yet to be remediated.

Another 33 are known to have had their ACM cladding removed, though remediation is not yet complete.

Funding for the remediation of 144 of these 159 buildings is provided from the government’s social sector ACM cladding remediation fund, and one more is expected to apply.

Remedial work for the remaining 14 buildings is being funded through a combination of existing funds and litigation action.

By comparison, there are 197 high-rise private-sector residential buildings identified with ACM cladding systems that are unlikely to meet building regulations – up three on figures for November.

The 23 buildings that have completed remediation represents an increase of four from November.

Remediated private-sector residential buildings account for approximately 2,000 to 2,600 homes.

Of all identified private-sector residential buildings, 174 are yet to be remediated, and of these, 13-16% of all identified have started remediation.

That’s up four from the end of November.

MHCLG cites “latest intelligence” of six buildings that are known to be vacant, having started remediation or with an intent to remediate or remediation plans in place.

There are approximately 12,400 to 16,800 dwellings in these private-sector residential buildings yet to be remediated. Nine buildings are known to have had their ACM cladding removed, though remediation is not yet complete.

At 92, the number of buildings were in scope for the Private Sector Remediation Fund is down three from November.

Of these, the stats show 82 had submitted an application.

This included four applications that had been approved: one for funding of full costs and three for pre-contract support (an increase of two since the end of November).

Of the 10 buildings that had not yet submitted an application, these had either completed remediation already, had exceptional circumstances, or only recently been identified.

Those buildings not in scope for the Fund had the developer or freeholder committed to pay for remediation of 75 buildings – with 23 accepted under a warranty claim.

As reported by 24housing, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said any extension of the £600m ACM remediation fund to cover other forms of cladding will be “guided by the evidence”.

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