Department launches remediation fund for unsafe external wall cladding


The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched a new £ 33 million fund for the remediation or mitigation of fire risks linked to external wall systems in residential buildings in Northern Ireland.

This fund follows the launch of the Cladding Safety Scheme (CSS) to address life safety fire risks associated with cladding on residential buildings over 11m in height in England.  The DfC has formed an agreement with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) that Northern Ireland applications can be processed and delivered through their CSS.

In Northern Ireland, the CSS funding applies to residential buildings above 11m and can be submitted by the person or organisation legally responsible for the building’s external repairs or their representative.

The CSS opened for new funding applications from Northern Ireland applicants on 7 August 2023.

Further information on the CSS is available here.