Building Safety Fund
In March 2020, the government announced a £1bn building safety fund to help leaseholders pay for the removal and replacement of unsafe, non-ACM cladding on their high rise buildings. In February 2021, it announced an additional £3.5bn of grants.
Funding will be available to remediate buildings of 18 metres in height and over in both the social and private residential sectors.
There are two phases of funding. The first is for works to social housing where the remediation costs would threaten the landlord’s financial viability. The registration process opened on 1 June and closed on 31 July.
The second phase allows social landlords to register for a government contribution to remediation work, equivalent to the service charge increase that would otherwise be passed to leaseholders and shared owners. Registration opened at the end of July, with funding available in 2020/21.
In December 2020, the government extended the deadline for applications to the fund by six months to 30 June 2021.
Yes, we have registered 26 applications for a total of £41.3m in grant in the second phase of funding on behalf of our leaseholders and shared owners.
That fund was only available to housing associations in serious financial trouble and where the regulator might need to intervene.
No, it is only available to building owners, freeholders or responsible entities.
No, there is no guarantee of funding, but an application will help ensure that building owners receive support, where necessary, in identifying the materials present on their building and in planning the remediation work.
The registration process is designed to identify whether building owners have explored every opportunity to fund remediation from sources other than government and private residential leaseholders. The initial fund has a maximum value of £1bn and, at application stage, will be managed on a first come first served basis. A further £3.5bn of funding was announced by the government in February 2021.
Subject to eligibility, the government will meet the capital costs associated with the remediation of non-ACM cladding systems that are found to be unsafe.
This includes the cost of the removal and disposal of existing cladding and the cost of replacement materials and labour, as well as associated professional fees.
It is not yet clear whether the additional £3.5bn of government funding can be used for fixing building safety issues directly underneath the cladding, in cases where the cladding itself is compliant and not considered a fire safety risk.
It will not cover the cost of interim safety measures such as ‘waking watches’. It is designed to limit such costs, however, by ensuring remediation work is undertaken as quickly as possible.
Please see our Q&A about cladding which will give you more detail about the work we are doing.