Guidance

Remediation of non-ACM buildings

Information relating to the Building Safety Fund for addressing life-safety fire risks associated with cladding on high rise residential buildings.

Applies to England

In the March 2020 budget, the government announced that it would provide £1 billion from 2020 to 2021 to support the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding systems on residential buildings 18 metres and over in both the private and social housing sectors.

This page is for responsible entities which registered or applied for the Building Safety Fund in 2020. If you are making a new application in 2022, you should refer to the guidance page for new applications.

The Department has sent a letter (PDF, 163 KB, 4 pages) to all responsible entities that applied for the Building Safety Fund in June to July 2020. This provides information about the reopened BSF and what action they may need to take.

If you are a leaseholder or resident of a building in the Building Safety Fund, please visit find support as a leaseholder or resident of a building in the Building Safety Fund (BSF) process.

Fund application guidance



Guidance for the responsible entities of private sector buildings with residential leaseholders; 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.  

Applicants who signed a Grant Funding Agreement before 28 July 2022 should refer to earlier versions of the funding application guidance. You should check your funding agreement to understand the relevant version of the guidance.

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.

Building Safety Fund: appeals form

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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.

Applicants who signed a Grant Funding Agreement before 28 July 2022 should refer to earlier versions of the funding application guidance. You should check your funding agreement to understand the relevant version of the guidance.

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.

Vendor Form SAP7B

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Building Safety Fund registrations (private sector and social sector)

Headlines

  • The Building Safety Fund has received 2824 Private Sector Registrations of which 936 registrations (1018 buildings) are proceeding with an application for funding.
  • 222 Social Sector Grant Claims have been received of which 152 registrations (177 buildings) are proceeding with an application for funding.
  • £1,484 million has been approved for the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding from the Building Safety Fund, of which £1,345 million is for private sector remediation and £139 million for social sector remediation.
  • 295 buildings have started remediation work, of which 50 have completed (including four that have also received building control sign off).

Total registrations

Total private sector registrations Total private sector buildings (estimate) Total social sector registrations Total social sector buildings
London 1629 1874 192 222
Rest of England 1195 1338 30 31
Total Registrations 2824 3212 222 253

Note: Some registrations to the Building Safety Fund cover more than one building, for example where a registration was submitted for a residential development made up of a number of separate buildings. The table above shows the total number of registrations and an estimate of total number of buildings based on the information that has been made available by the responsible entity. These estimates can change in subsequent releases if we receive revised information from the responsible entity.

Private sector registration status

Status 31 July 2022: registrations 31 July 2022: buildings (estimate) 31 August 2022: registrations 31 August 2022: buildings (estimate) Monthly change: registrations Monthly change: buildings (estimate)
Reviewed registrations 2568 2926 2570 2930 +2 +4
Proceeding with an application for funding 935 1020 936 1018 +1 -2
Registration ineligible (1) 781 955 781 959 - +4
Registration withdrawn before reaching eligibility stage 649 725 653 729 +4 +4
Registration withdrawn after reaching eligibility stage 64 67 65 69 +1 +2
Insufficient evidence to allow verification
(applicant has only provided partial information required to fully verify eligibility and further information has been requested)
98 117 91 110 -7 -7
Registration eligibility currently being reviewed 41 42 44 45 +3 +3
No available evidence to assess verification
(applicant has not provided information required to verify eligibility and has not responded to requests for this information)
256 286 254 284 -2 -2
Total 2824 3212 2824 3214 - +2

(1) Figures shown include appeals which have been submitted against ineligible registrations

Note: All building numbers apart from those proceeding with an application for funding are estimates based on the information that has been made available by the responsible entity. These estimates can change in subsequent releases if we receive revised information from the responsible entity.

Estimate of homes and properties covered by private sector Building Safety Fund registrations proceeding with an application for funding = 91,100 (2)

(2) Estimate is based on responses for the 936 current Building Safety Fund private sector applications to a question on the number of units in the building asked as part of the registration process.

Social sector registration status

Status 31 July 2022: Registrations 31 July 2022: Buildings 31 August 2022: Registrations 31 August 2022: Buildings Monthly change: Registrations Monthly change: buildings
Reviewed Registrations 220 251 220 251 0 0
Proceeding with an application for funding 148 173 152 177 +4 +4
Registration ineligible 30 30 30 30 0 0
Registration withdrawn 21 22 25 26 +4 +4
Insufficient evidence to allow verification (applicant has only provided partial information required to fully verify eligibility and further information has been requested) 14 19 10 15 -4 -4
Registration eligibility currently being reviewed 7 7 3 3 -4 -4
No available evidence to assess verification (applicant has not provided information required to verify eligibility and has not responded to requests for this information) 2 2 2 2 0 0
Total 222 253 222 253 0 0

Estimate of homes and properties covered by social sector Building Safety Fund registrations proceeding with an application for funding = 6,100 (3)

(3) Estimate is based on responses for the 152 current Building Safety Fund social sector applications to a question on the number of units in the building asked as part of the registration process.

Private and social sector buildings with ACM and Non-ACM cladding

There are currently 68 private sector registrations for buildings with both ACM and non-ACM cladding systems. Of these, 56 registrations have been assessed as eligible for funding for the non-ACM and ACM cladding and 41 registrations have been awarded funding for costed works.

There are currently 19 social sector registrations for buildings with both ACM and non-ACM cladding systems. Of these, 19 registrations have been assessed as eligible for funding for the non-ACM and ACM cladding and 9 registrations have been awarded funding for costed works.

Building Safety Fund allocation (private sector and social sector)

Private sector funding allocation

No. of buildings with Non-ACM cladding Funding allocated for buildings with Non-ACM cladding No. of buildings with Non-ACM and ACM cladding Funding allocated for buildings with Non-ACM and ACM cladding(4)
Full Applications Approved 291 £1,059m 40 £85m
Pre-Tender Support Allocations 477 £196m 12 £5m

(4) Allocations shown in the table for buildings with ACM and non-ACM cladding are just for the funding of non-ACM remediation by the Building Safety Fund. The funding of the remediation of the unsafe ACM cladding is through the private sector ACM Remediation Fund.

As at 31 August 2022, the total private sector funding allocation is £1,345 million.

As at 31 August 2022, the Building Safety Fund’s private sector expenditure stood at £488 million.

Social sector funding allocation

As at 31 August 2022, the total value of approved social sector grant claims is £139 million.

As at 31 August 2022 the total value of social sector grant claims expenditure stood at £100 million.

Total funding allocations

31 July 2022 31 August 2022 Monthly change
Total value of approved social sector grant claims £139m £139m £0m
Total private sector funding allocation £1,262m £1,345m £83m
Total amount of funding allocated for the remediation of non-ACM cladding (Social and Private Sector) £1,401m £1,484m £83m

As at 31 August 2022, the total amount of funding allocated for the remediation of non-ACM cladding is £1,484 m (including social sector).

As at 31 August 2022, the Building Safety Fund’s total expenditure (including Social and Private Sector spend) was £588 million.

Remediation progress of buildings proceeding to application

Remediation started * Remediation complete: awaiting Building Control sign off Remediation complete
Private Sector 154 27 1
Social Sector ** 59 11 0
Private Sector ACM and Non-ACM cladding 32 8 3
Total 245 46 4

* Unlike previous months start on site figures do not contain completions, remediation has started for 295 buildings of which 50 have completed.

** Including those with ACM and Non-ACM cladding

Further information on the location of private sector registrations is available below. We have not included private sector registration locations where there are fewer than 5 buildings in a Local Authority area to prevent the identification of specific buildings.

Enforcement

The government supports local authorities and fire and rescue services in the use of their enforcement powers against buildings with unsafe cladding systems.

DLUHC has collected data from local authorities on enforcement action taken against high-rise residential buildings with unsafe non-ACM cladding in their areas through the work of the Joint Inspection Team, our ongoing engagement, and an online portal. The enforcement figures represent high-rise buildings with non-ACM cladding both outside of and within the Building Safety Fund.

Our data shows that enforcement action has been, or is being, taken by local authorities against 89 high-rise buildings with unsafe non-ACM cladding (and, in many other cases, the threat of enforcement action has been effective in triggering building owners to act). As the data has been collected from local authorities on a voluntary basis, there may be further action that has been taken, of which the department is not yet aware.

Local authorities’ enforcement powers

Local authorities have powers, under the Housing Act 2004, to calculate the seriousness of certain hazards and take enforcement action against building owners or landlords based on their assessment. The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a risk-based assessment evaluation tool to help local authorities identify and protect against potential risks and hazards to health and safety from any deficiencies identified in residential premises. The HHSRS assesses 29 categories of housing hazard– including fire – on the potential for harm that may result from exposure to the hazard. Each hazard has a weighting which will help determine whether the property is rated as having risks which are either category 1 or category 2. Where a risk is deemed to be category 1, a local authority has a duty to take enforcement action; where a risk is deemed to be category 2, an authority has the power to take action. In 2018, the Department laid an addendum to the HHSRS Operating Guidance to provide guidance on the assessment of high-rise residential buildings with unsafe cladding.

Following the commencement of the Building Safety Act 2022, local authorities have new powers to take enforcement through Remediation Orders or Remediation Contribution Orders. Remediation Orders allow interested parties (including local authorities and fire and rescue services) to apply to the First-tier Tribunal for an order requiring a landlord to remedy specified defects in their building. Remediation Contribution Orders allow interested parties (including local authorities and fire and rescue services) to apply to the First-tier Tribunal for an order compelling landlords, developers and their associated companies to make payments in order to meet costs incurred in remedying relevant defects.

Local authorities’ enforcement actions

Our data sources outlined above show that enforcement action has been, or is being, taken under the Housing Act against 89 buildings with unsafe non-ACM cladding by 29 local authorities. This includes 33 buildings with Joint Inspection Team support. The Joint Inspection Team was set up by the department, and is hosted by the Local Government Association, to provide expert advice to local authorities on enforcement on buildings with unsafe cladding. 20 of the 89 cases are high-rise residential buildings that contain both ACM and non-ACM cladding.

A total of 89 buildings have had HHSRS inspections undertaken by a local authority.

Of the 89 buildings, we are aware that 20 had a Category 1 HHSRS rating and 49 buildings had a Category 2 HHSRS rating. Of the 89 cases, we are aware that at least 33 improvement notices and 5 hazard awareness notices have been served to date.

Published 11 March 2020
Last updated 15 September 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  2. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  3. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  4. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  5. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  6. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations. Updated private sector registration by local authority.

  7. Updated fund application and social sector grants guidance, prospectus and technical information.

  8. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  9. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  10. Added details of the Building Safety Fund (BSF) Leaseholder and Resident Service

  11. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  12. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  13. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  14. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  15. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  16. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  17. Updated the statistics for Building Safety Fund registrations.

  18. Updated Building Safety Fund registration statistics.

  19. Updated Building Safety Fund application guidance, fund application process, and subsidy control guidance (leaseholders & applicants).

  20. Updated Building Safety Fund registration statistics. Replaced link to the leaseholder feedback form.

  21. Updated Building Safety Fund registration statistics.

  22. Updated Building Safety Fund: registration statistics.

  23. Updated Building Safety Fund: registration statistics.

  24. Updated Building Safety Fund: registration statistics.

  25. Grant Claim Form for Registered Providers of Social Housing updated to include some additional details on supporting documentation requirements.

  26. Social sector guidance amended.

  27. Added step by step Building Safety Fund applications guidance. Added appeals form for registrants to the Building Safety Fund who wish to lodge an appeal following notification of the decision on their Building Safety Fund registration. Updated registration statistics.

  28. Correction made in the Building Safety Fund registration statistics.

  29. Added Building Safety Fund: registration statistics

  30. Grant Claim for Registered Providers of Social Housing form updated to include some further questions on the External Wall System components being remediated and an amended question on cost recovery.

  31. Grant Claim for Registered Providers of Social Housing form updated to include some further questions on the External Wall System components being remediated.

  32. Added Fund application guidance, and supporting documents including Social sector grants (leaseholder costs) guidance, State Aid Guidance and Declaration, Grant Claim Form for Registered Providers of Social Housing, and Vendor form SAP7B.

  33. Added link for registering interest in the fund. Added link for the leaseholder feedback form.

  34. Added information on registering for the Building Safety Fund for remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding systems, in advance of the full application process opening by the end of July 2020.

  35. Added link to stakeholder update on Non-ACM remediation and the Building Safety Fund.

  36. First published.