Information relating to the Building Safety Fund for the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding systems.
In the March 2020 budget, the government announced that it will provide £1 billion in 2020 to 2021 to support the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding system on residential buildings 18 metres and over in both the private and social housing sectors.
On 26 May 2020 we published the registration prospectus and announced that application guidance for the Building Safety fund would be published at the end of July 2020. The registration process that opened following publication of the prospectus will close at 23:59 on 31 July.
If you have already registered for the scheme Applications for funding can be submitted from 31 July 2020. If eligible, applicants will be given access to the relevant application portal following completion of technical due diligence at registration. This will be communicated to applicants by MHCLG’s delivery partners the Greater London Authority and Homes England.
Building Safety Fund: applications process
This guidance is for leaseholders to bring greater clarity and transparency around the Building Safety Fund application process.
Fund application guidance
Guidance for private sector building owners whose leaseholders would otherwise incur the costs through service charge arrangements, and social sector housing providers who have demonstrated during the registration process that the costs of remediation are unaffordable or are a threat to financial viability.
This guidance will tell you more about the Building Safety Fund, how it will work and what applicants can expect during the application process.
- - the Building Safety Fund’s requirements for replacement cladding systems
Building Safety Fund: appeals form
This form is for registrants to the Building Safety Fund who wish to lodge an appeal following notification of the decision on their Building Safety Fund registration. Please note appeals can only be accepted from the registrant who has received the decision notification and no other party may appeal.
Social sector grants (leaseholder costs) guidance
This guidance is specifically for social sector applicants (whose remediation costs are not deemed unaffordable or a threat to financial viability). The guidance provides further information about the process for Registered Providers of social housing to claim funding equivalent to the value of work which would otherwise be charged to leaseholders.
On 17 December the department announced the extension of the closing date for applications to the Building Safety Fund until 30 June 2021 with the start on site date moving to 30 September 2021.
Where grant claims that have already been submitted / will be submitted by 31 December 2020 and those projects remain on course to start on site by 31 March 2021, we will continue to assess claims against estimates before making a funding decision. Where the original deadline of 31 March 2021 to start on site cannot be met and you are working towards the new deadline of 30 September 2021 grant claims will only be approved once costs, informed by a completed tender process, have been submitted.
State Aid Guidance and Declaration
Guidance and declaration form to ensure that payments from the fund comply with state aid regulations. Payments in respect of each leaseholder from the fund will need to comply with state aid regulations.
- - This guidance explains what should be done by responsible entities at each stage of the application process.
- - Each owner of a flat which is an Undertaking must sign and complete a state aid declaration - this guidance supports leaseholders in completing their declaration.
- - Each owner of a flat which is an Undertaking must sign and complete a state aid declaration. The form must be returned to the responsible entity of the leaseholder’s building. The responsible entity is the organisation which has made the application for funding.
Grant Claim Form for Registered Providers of Social Housing
Registered Providers of Social Housing wishing to claim grant funding should make a claim per building rather than bulk submissions per Local Authority or Private Registered Provider.
Please note this form was updated on 18 January 2021 to include some additional details on supporting documentation requirements.
Private sector applicants to the fund do not need to return this form.
Vendor form SAP7B
A completed SAP7B vendor form will be required from all private registered providers of social housing that would like access to the Fund. This will ensure that we are able to set you up as a vendor on our systems and make payments. The vendor form can be provided at any time, but please bear in mind it may take up to 6 weeks to verify your bank details and enable payment.
Private sector applicants to the Fund do not need to return this form.
Prospectus - outlining eligibility for the fund
Prospectus providing information on eligibility for the fund and how to register. The closing date for registrations was 31 July 2020.
Leaseholder feedback form
The Building Safety Fund will ensure that leaseholders are protected from the costs of remediating unsafe cladding where building owners, freeholders or managing agents responsible for the safety of a building are not meeting such costs themselves, or from other sources such as warranty claims, and are applying to the fund.
Applications to the fund should come from building owners, freeholders or a managing agent responsible for the upkeep of a block of flats. While leaseholders are not able to apply individually for the fund, we are providing a feedback form to enable them to let us know the details of their building if they are concerned the owner of their building is not taking sufficient action to remediate unsafe cladding, or is passing remediation costs onto leaseholders.
Prospectus annex A: technical annex
Prospectus annex B: registration questions
Other relevant information for building owners including expert panel advice
Information for building owners on the Building Safety Fund and the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding systems on high rise residential buildings – includes expert panel consolidated building safety advice.
Building Safety Fund: registration statistics
View the registration statistics as of 17 December 2020: