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|Abstract:||The government is to cover the £200m bill of replacing Grenfell Tower-type cladding on about 150 private blocks in England with a safer alternative. Housing Secretary James Brokenshire had previously said the bill should be footed by the owners, not the taxpayer. But he acknowledged the long wait for remedial work to be carried out had caused anxiety and strain for people living in those high rises. He said owners had been trying to offload the costs on to leaseholders. 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 heard evidence to support the theory that the highly combustible material in the cladding was the primary cause of the fire's spread. Latest government figures show that 166 private residential buildings out of the 176 identified with aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding - the same type used on Grenfell Tower - are yet to start works on removing and replacing it.|
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