Government will cover costs of fire safety work

The Guardian is reporting that councils will be fully reimbursed for any building work carried out on tower blocks that could face a similar fire risk to that of Grenfell Tower.

A letter sent to council leaders in England and Wales by GaryPorter, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), and seen by the Guardian, claims that Communities Secretary Sajid Javid made the promise in a private conversation.

Since the Grenfell Tower incident, in which at least 79 people are known to have died, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) ordered councils to identify any use of aluminium composite material (ACM), stating that the department would then ‘identify the most appropriate options for supporting funding’.

Furthermore, the Department for Work and Pensions has reportedly begun giving out £5,000 payments to households affected by the fire, with nearly 100 letters sent out providing advice on how to claim the money.

Porter has claimed that he has ‘secured assurances’ over funding and reimbursement.