Rebecca Evans, Minister for Housing and Regeneration
Since the terrible events at Grenfell Tower last year, we have worked closely with local authorities, building owners, managers, both the private and third sectors, and others to gather a full and accurate picture of high-rise residential buildings in Wales, and to ensure that owners and agents are aware of Government safety guidance and are taking necessary action.
Newport City Homes acted quickly to safeguard residents, putting in place a number of fire safety measures, including fitting sprinklers. Now it is our turn to support them. That is why I have today agreed £3 million capital funding to enable Newport City Homes to replace cladding on three tower blocks in the city.
The three residential high-rise buildings are the only ones in the Welsh social housing sector confirmed as having Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) systems corresponding with those which failed large-scale combustibility tests.
This investment will enable Newport City Homes to continue their commitment to resident safety, without compromising their vital plans to build more social housing in the city.