The government has set up a £200m fund to replace unsafe Grenfell Tower-style cladding on around 170 private high-rise residential buildings.
The announcement comes in the wake of the 2017 fire at the west London tower block that killed more than 70 people, with cladding blamed for the rapid spread of the blaze.
The money will be made available to building owners to remove aluminium composite material cladding, with the government declaring: “If these reckless building owners won’t act, the government will.”
Some building owners have yet to take action two years on from the fire, with some trying to make leaseholders foot the bill for replacing aluminium composite material cladding.
Prime Minister Theresa May said “too many are continuing to pass on the costs of removal and replacement to leaseholders”.
Campaigners have welcomed the announcement, while Labour said it was “astonishing” the government was only acting now.
Grenfell United, a group of survivors and the bereaved, said it offered hope to people feeling at risk at home.