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Grenfell Tower: Government to pay £200m for safer cladding

The £200m bill to replace Grenfell Tower-type cladding on about 150 private high-rise blocks in England is to be met by the government. Housing Secretary James Brokenshire had previously said the bill should be footed by the owners, not the taxpayer.But he said owners had been trying to offload the costs on to leaseholders and that the long wait for remedial work had caused anxiety for residents.Leaseholder groups said the news would be a "relief" but more was needed.Seventy-two people died when a fire destroyed Grenfell Tower, in west London, in June 2017, in one of the UK's worst modern disasters. It took minutes for the fire to race up the exterior of the building, and spread to all four sides. A public inquiry into the fire he ...