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Cladding crisis Scots’ dismay as developers in England are ordered to act

© Andrew CawleyAbhijeet - pictured with his young sons Kiaan, five, and Advay, eight, at their home in Finnieston, Glasgow, - says he is waiting for help
Abhijeet Kadwe and his family live in a Finnieston, Glasgow apartment covered in cladding similar to that used on the Grenfell Tower

Scots living in flats with potentially deadly cladding called for urgent action yesterday after it emerged developers in England will be asked pay for remedial action costing £4 billion.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove is expected to announce that leaseholders in buildings between 11 and 18 metres tall south of the Border will no longer have to take out loans to cover the costs.

Only leaseholders in buildings taller than 18 metres can currently access grants to replace unsafe cladding under measures introduced in England after the Grenfell Tower fire killed 72 people in 2017.

A pilot scheme to assess the number of affected buildings was launched in Scotland last year.

However, property owners are still waiting to learn the details of any compensation scheme.

In England payments have already started.

Abhijeet Kadwe lives in a Finnieston, Glasgow apartment covered in cladding similar to that used on the Grenfell Tower. He said: “We’ve been left in the dark over when work will start or who’ll pay for it.”

Scottish Government said inspections of a small number of buildings were under way – but there was still no mention of when work would start or if compensation would be paid.

It said: “Our approach is firstly to understand the scale of the issue, to clarify the number of buildings affected and the cost of remediation.”