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Government releases updated guide on Cladding Safety Scheme for leaseholders and residents


Government releases updated guide on Cladding Safety Scheme for leaseholders and residents

In a significant move to enhance building safety, the UK Government has recently updated its comprehensive guide on the Cladding Safety Scheme (CSS) on the gov.uk website. Aimed at leaseholders and residents, the guide provides detailed information on how to navigate the application process for funding, outlines the additional support available, and addresses concerns related to unsafe external wall systems.


The Cladding Safety Scheme, an initiative by the government, seeks to fund the remediation of unsafe cladding in England in situations where a responsible developer is either unidentifiable, cannot be traced, or is not held accountable. This comes as a beacon of hope for many residents living in fear due to the potential fire hazards posed by unsafe cladding on their buildings.


Under the Developers Pledge, a noteworthy number of developers have already committed to undertaking critical fire safety remediation works on buildings over 11 meters that they have developed or refurbished in the last three decades in England. This commitment also includes reimbursing any funding previously received from government remediation programs for these buildings.

The CSS, previously known as the Medium Rise Scheme (MRS) until its rebranding in June 2023, now encompasses buildings taller than 18 meters and is administered by Homes England, the government's housing delivery agency. Applications for the scheme must be submitted by the building's Responsible Entity or their appointed representative, ensuring that legal owners and managers of buildings are directly involved in securing the safety of their residents.


The guide also addresses common questions regarding eligibility, including what constitutes a qualifying leaseholder and the scope of protection against building safety costs. Additionally, it sheds light on the measures in place for buildings under 11 meters, which are generally considered to pose a lower risk to life and are unlikely to require extensive remediation work.


For leaseholders uncertain about their eligibility or next steps, the guide recommends contacting their Responsible Entity to discuss potential applications. It also introduces the "Tell Us Tool," a platform for leaseholders to provide information about their buildings, aiding the government in identifying eligible properties for funding and further action.

Concerned leaseholders and residents can seek independent advice and support from the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), which offers specialist guidance on rights and safety measures regarding unsafe cladding.


For further details, inquiries can be directed to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) via email at correspondence@levellingup.gov.uk.

This update represents a crucial step forward in addressing the pressing issue of building safety and provides a clear path for leaseholders and residents affected by unsafe cladding to seek assistance and remediation.


To access the updated guide and learn more about the Cladding Safety Scheme, visit the gov.uk website.

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