Theresa May pledges £400million to remove Grenfell-style covering from high rises

The PM said councils’ maintenance budgets should not be raided for the cash and agreed the Government would pay.

It came ahead of the publication today of a report into last June’s tragedy, which killed 72 and left hundreds homeless.

Fire inspectors visited more than 1,250 council tower blocks in England following the inferno and found 158 where the cladding failed safety tests.

Mrs May said the Government would meet the total replacement bill, which ministers previously refused to pay.

She urged councils and housing associations to remove it quickly, but added: “These works must not undermine their ability to do important maintenance and repair work.”

Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said the Government was making “slow progress” but the Local Government Association praised the move.

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