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he Government’s “disappointing” handling of the cladding crisis on Thursday came under attack in a damning report from a cross-party committee of MPs.

Some are facing financial ruin after being told they will have to pay £100,000 or more to make their building compliant with new safety standards introduced after the Grenfell disaster.

The package, unveiled by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, promised an extra £3.5 billion for the removal of cladding from tall buildings over 18m high, and a loan scheme for owners of homes in lower blocks also facing huge bills for putting right safety defects.

However, the committee on Thursday called for the loan scheme to be scrapped, and the £5 billion fund for remediation of dangerous buildings to be dramatically increased so that it can cover the full £15 billion estimated cost of making buildings safe.

The report said: ”It has been our unwavering position that leaseholders should bear no cost whatsoever for the remediation of building safety defects that were not of their making. That is why, while there was much to be welcomed in the Secretary of State’s announcement, there was also much cause for concern.”

It said the loan scheme, under which leaseholders would not have to repay more than £50 a month was flawed, lacking in detail and “does not satisfy the previously agreed principle that leaseholders should not pay.”

Funding ‘swamped by sheer scale of fire safety issues’

The report’s publication comes after the Government on Wednesday night defeated for the fifth time an amendment to its Fire Safety Bill that would have given more protection to leaseholders, despite 32 Tory rebels.

The committee’s chair, Labour MP Clive Betts said the extra £3.5 billion of funding will be “swamped by the sheer scale of fire safety issues”.

He added: “In the years since the Grenfell tragedy, we have been shocked by the reality of the danger that flammable cladding poses, by how pervasive these materials are in modern buildings and by the frequency with which fundamental fire safety measures, including fire breaks and sprinkler systems, are simply not there.

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