New fund launched to remove dangerous cladding from tall buildings

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A new £1million fund to remove dangerous cladding from high-rise flats has launched today.

Management companies, acting on behalf of residents who live in buildings over 18 metres high, can apply for the cash.

The money is aimed at removing unsafe aluminium composite material from the outside of tall buildings to prevent another Grenfell fire disaster. 

Commenting on the Fund, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said: “The Executive is committed to ensuring that residents are afforded the same level of fire safety in all buildings as in other Devolved Administrations.

“This funding is targeted at the highest risk buildings fitted with unsafe ACM. It will ensure those impacted are given peace of mind while also being protected from bearing the cost of replacing the unsafe cladding on their homes. This will provide homeowners with reassurance and ensure that mortgage lenders and insurers can have confidence too.”

Further information on the ACM fund including eligibility criteria can be found at www.finance-ni.gov.uk/acm-cladding

In addition to the ACM Fund, the Department of Finance has today also announced a public call for leaseholders / building owners to provide evidence that their building is fitted with unsafe non ACM cladding materials.

Minister Murphy added: “My Department is aware that other unsafe cladding may be in place in high rise buildings. We are extending this call for evidence to encourage any residents, developers or building owners of buildings over 18 metres fitted with unsafe non ACM cladding to provide evidence. This will enable us collectively as an Executive to assess the extent of the problem and to determine the scale and necessity for any future remediation fund.”

Further information on the public call for evidence for unsafe non ACM cladding can be found at www.finance-ni.gov.uk/articles/private-residential-acm-cladding-remediation-fund-application-guidance.

(Finance Minister Conor Murphy)

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