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Peter Johnson, Vivalda Group chairman

Vivalda Group chairman thinks the £3.5bn fund and loans for cladding remediation is a step in the right direction – but recommends urgent investment into training for contractors tasked with making repairs.

On Wednesday 10 February Robert Jenrick, the UK’s housing minister announced that the government would foot the £3.5bn bill to repair unsafe cladding on all flats of over 18m or six stories in height. It also confirmed plans for a new loan for leaseholders living in medium-rise flats affected by unsafe cladding. Under this scheme, those living in this category will not pay more than £50 per month to replace defective cladding.

Peter Johnson, chairman of Vivalda Group - the UK’s largest independent fabricator/distributor of non-flammable cladding, said: “While I broadly welcome this as a step in the right direction, this figure still falls a long way short of the £15bn fund that the select committee recommended to fix unsafe cladding on all high-rise...

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