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PM: 'I do not want to see leaseholders being forced to pay for the remediation'

Boris Johnson has told MPs he doesn't want to see leaseholders face the bills for the remediation required on their homes. 

It comes after a question from Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow, who said: "It is now three and a half years since the Grenfell fire tragedy that cost the lives of 72 people, yet there are still 3.6 million leaseholders living in potentially dangerous, unsaleable and unmortgageable properties.

"The Government rightly set aside a billion pounds towards the remediation of non-aluminium composite material cladding, but that expires on 31 December this year."

He then asked: "It is clear that it will be insufficient to cover the costs, so will my right hon. Friend set out for the House what the plan is for next year to remediate the cladding? Will he give a cast-iron guarantee that leaseholders will not have to pay a penny piece towards the cost of replacing this unsafe cladding?"

The Prime Minister replied: "My hon. Friend is absolutely right to draw attention to this injustice and what is happening with leaseholders at the moment.

"That is why we have put £1.6bn into removing unsafe cladding.

"I do not want to see leaseholders being forced to pay for the remediation, and I can assure my hon. Friend that we are looking now urgently—before the expiry of the current arrangements—at what we can do to take them forward and support leaseholders, who are in a very unfair position."

Leaseholders have previously said that the £1.6bn funding doesn't go nearly far enough, and were disappointed in the lack of announcements for further safety work in the Spending Review.