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Theresa May announces plan to remove cladding at cost of £400m

The Government will fully fund the removal of dangerous cladding from tower blocks by councils and housing associations at an estimated cost of £400 million, Theresa May has told MPs.

Mrs May told MPs at Prime Minister's Questions: "Councils and housing associations must remove dangerous cladding quickly but paying for these works must not undermine their ability to do important maintenance and repair work."

Mrs May said that since the Grenfell Tower fire last year, the fire and rescue services had visited more than 1,250 high-rise buildings and that "immediate action" had been taken to ensure the safety of every resident.

She said there were 210 households in total in need of a new home in the wake of the fire, of which 201 had accepted an offer of either temporary or permanent accommodations.

"As we approach the anniversary of the appalling tragedy that was the Grenfell Tower fire our thoughts are with the victims and survivors and all those affected by that tragedy," she said.