UK government announces £3.5bn fund to fix cladding on high-rise buildings

Cash will also be provided for loans to leaseholders to address problems in shorter buildings

The housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced a new £3.5bn fund to fix dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings in England, with further cash in loans for leaseholders to fix similar problems in shorter buildings.

The move follows growing pressure from hundreds of thousands of leaseholders facing bills rising in the worst case to more than £100,000, backbench Tory MPs and survivors and bereaved from the June 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster. The Grenfell fire led to a nationwide search for similar safety breaches.

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