The latest figures published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show that of the 460 high‐rise residential buildings identified to have unsafe Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) cladding:

  • Remediation work has been fully completed on 202 (44%)
  • Work has been completed and is awaiting Building Control sign off on a further 21 (5%)
  • Work has started on 140 (30%)
  • Of the remaining 97 (21%), 77 have a remediation plan in place, leaving just 20 to confirm a plan.

The Building Safety Fund, which will provide £1 billion for the remediation of unsafe non‐ACM on high‐rise residential buildings over 18 metres, had received 2,784 registrations by September, 1,587 of which are in London. Just 447 have provided all the information required and 65 have been invited to apply for funding to date.

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FIS CEO, Iain McIlwee stated: “The Building Safety Fund is not ambitious enough, we need to be looking holistically at the risk and not just cladding.  You can see from the numbers here that the situation is dragging on and all the while people are sleeping in potentially unsafe buildings.  We have advocated a proper Building Safety Fund, similar to the Pension Protection Fund that would support a more co-ordinated approach.”