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  • The government has announced an extra £3.5 billion to pay for the removal of flammable cladding from high rise flats in England.

  • More than 3.5 years after the Grenfell tower fire, they're still at least 700,000 people living in blocks with dangerous cladding.

  • Ministers have been under considerable pressure to do more to help flat owners say, While the extra money is welcome, it doesn't address any of the other fire safety issues they're having to pay millions of pounds for our business, correspondent Sara Corker has this report.

  • I'm bankrupt a lot for the people around the way to going bankrupt.

  • Caught up in Britain's growing cutting crisis, thousands of people are trapped living in unsafe flats.

  • It's not our fault.

  • We're not to blame for this.

  • They're now facing life changing bills.

  • People across the country are crying out for help in Manchester.

  • Ben's building has multiple fire safety faults.

  • His repair bill alone runs into tens of thousands of pounds.

  • We don't know where we're gonna get that money from way as leaseholders feel like we're just at the short end of this horrible, horrible mess, where which is not being protected by the government like they promised us that they would.

  • Today, the government announced an additional £3.5 billion for the building safety funds to remove cladding for tower blocks over 18 m for buildings.

  • Under that height, there will be a new loan scheme with repayments capped at £50 a month per leaseholder on to force the industry to contribute, there'll be a levy or tax on developers which build future high rises.

  • This exceptional intervention amounts to the largest ever government investment in building safety.

  • We believe in home ownership on today.

  • We firmly support the hundreds of thousands of homeowners who need our help.

  • Now I think this is the But campaigners have reacted angrily.

  • They say loans for smaller blocks are not the answer, but people in tears.

  • You know, people just distraught and they don't know how they're going to see an end to this.

  • The amount of money that they've released is not enough on once again, it doesn't cover all of the issues.

  • Since the Grenfell Tower, fire safety inspections on other high rise buildings have exposed not just flammable cladding but other fire safety problems too, including defective insulation on missing firebreaks.

  • But there is still no government money to fix these faults, and it's flat owners who are still facing big bills.

  • Langham Divina Labor called the proposals and injustice Homeowners shouldn't face bankruptcy to fix the problem they didn't cause.

  • Unfortunately, these proposals will still leave.

  • Too many people struggling on facing loans instead of being given justice on the conservative MP for Stevenage said he watched the announcement with his head in his hands.

  • We don't believe that the soldiers should have to pay on the very idea of loans in the way in which they were announced.

  • It just It's a points to the goods to millions of these soldiers up and down the country.

  • After years of pressure on the government to do more to help flat owners, this has been broadly welcomed by concerned Tory backbenchers.

  • But those stuck inflammable flats say it's still taking too long to get a grip on this crisis.

  • Sarah Corker, BBC News in Manchester.

  • Let's talk to our deputy political that Vicky Young at Westminster, so why allow this extra money now?

  • Well, lots of conservatives I spoke to today say that these are leaseholders.

  • We are the party that is championed homeownership.

  • These are the kind of people we should be helping.

  • They are in this predicament through no fault off their own.

  • The big question, though, is who pays for this?

  • It was very striking.

  • Listening to the government today trying to come up with a balance.

  • Yes, there will be Ah Levy on the industry.

  • Leaseholders will have to come up with money in some circumstances.

  • They don't want the entire bill to fall on the taxpayer, many of whom, of course, couldn't afford to buy houses themselves.

  • There's also a question I think of how long this is all taken.

  • A pattern has emerged throughout this on that is that the government starts to try and address one issue.

  • They try to look at public housing.

  • Then it moves to private housing, one type of cladding, then another fire safety aspects which aren't even covered.

  • By this today, which do need to be sorted, I think the scale of this really has gone beyond anything any minister would have thought when they first started really trying to right the wrongs of Grenfell.

  • So I think yes, a significant intervention by the government today.

  • But the campaigning certainly will not stop here.

  • Vicky Young.

The government has announced an extra £3.5 billion to pay for the removal of flammable cladding from high rise flats in England.

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