In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (the Department) established the Building Safety Programme (the Programme). Among the Programme’s activities is the implementation of the Department’s objective to ‘Oversee and support the remediation of high-rise residential buildings that have unsafe aluminium composite material [ACM] cladding’. Unsafe ACM cladding has been found to be the principal reason for the rapid spread of the fire at Grenfell Tower by the public inquiry into the disaster. The Department has announced £600 million for the funding of remediation works to replace unsafe ACM cladding on high-rise flats (above 18 metres in height) in both the social housing and private residential sectors.
This investigation is focusing on the progress being made to remediate buildings covered by the Programme, and the assurance the Department is obtaining that these buildings are being made safe. In addition, it is examining the Department’s management of funding for remediation, and its processes for deciding which buildings qualify for remediation funding.