Government allocates £200m to replace Grenfell-style cladding

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Leaseholders say funds to fix 170 privately owned tower blocks will not cover all costs

Theresa May has confirmed the government will allocate £200m to fix private tower blocks wrapped in combustible Grenfell-style cladding, after mounting public anger against dozens of freeholders and developers who have refused to pay to make them safe.

The Guardian first reported on Wednesday that ministers were poised to release the cash after lobbying from leaseholders who said the cladding was making them fear for their lives and causing serious mental health and financial problems.

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