Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new Building Safety Fund worth £1 billion to make sure that all unsafe combustible cladding is removed from every private and social residential building above 18 metres high.
In his first Budget Sunak said: "Two-and-a-half years on, we're still grappling with the tragic legacy of Grenfell. Last year, we allocated £600 million to remove unsafe aluminium composite material [ACM] from high-rise residential buildings".
Launching the fund was the right decision, said Sunak, because "expert advice is clear that new public funding must concentrate on removing unsafe materials from high-rise residential buildings" because "that is what the independent experts have called for. That is what the select committee has called for. That is even what the Opposition have called for".
Sunak also announced a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Infrastructure Fund to establish CCS in at least two UK sites, one by the mid-2020s, a second by 2030.
To encourage more environmentally friendly ways of heating homes and other buildings, the government will also introduce a green gas levy to help to fund the use of greener fuels, increase the Climate Change Levy that businesses pay on gas, and reopen and extend the Climate Change Agreement scheme by two years.
Sunak said statutory sick pay would also be available for all those who are advised to self- isolate - even if they haven't yet presented with symptoms of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Sunak also announced a £175 billion investment into "world- class infrastructure" over the next five years, which would boost productivity by 2.5 per cent and add 0.5 per cent a year to GDP growth.
The chancellor also revealed further measures to deal with air pollution across English towns and cities, including £500 million to support the roll-out of new rapid charging hubs for electric vehicles, and providing over £300 million to help local authorities to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions and improve air quality.
'WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT CRISIS' - Mary-Anne Borwing, author of leaseholdersupport.co.uk and group managing director of Ringley, which manages more than 10,000 leasehold and private rented homes
"More than 1,000 days since Grenfell, the government has shown that it is still not ready to act at the scale needed for the cladding crisis. We cannot simply wait for the next crisis to happen, while millions of people are left unsure over the safety of their building.
"There needs to be an acceptance of the scale of the problem and the sums [announced in the Budget] just simply are not enough.
"The crisis goes far beyond removing Grenfell-style cladding. Even leaseholders who have had their cladding found safe are still unable to remortgage or sell their properties due to the challenges of getting a signed EWS1 form. It's not just about dangerous cladding, it is about retrospectively tracing the physical construction of the building, and testing and how all the components and layers of the building act together. Support is needed for leaseholders and freeholders to navigate the process of getting their homes certified as safe as we have to retroactively recreate the 'as built' reality of the homes people are living in."
'MORE MUST BE DONE ON FIRE SAFETY'- Lord Porter, the Local Government Association's building safety spokesman
"We are pleased the government has listened to the LGA and launched this new fund, which will help ensure thousands of building residents will no longer have to live with dangerous cladding systems.
"Innocent leaseholders and owners cannot be expected to foot the cost of replacing dangerous cladding on their buildings and we have been calling for government action on this for more than two years. More work is needed to address other aspects of building fire safety, but this is a positive step.
"The extra £20 million for fire and rescue services, to increase inspection and enforcement capability, is also helpful in delivering the effective fire safety regulation and properly funded training we have been calling for."
'UPGRADE INDOOR AIR QUALITY'- Nathan Wood, chair of BESA's Health and Wellbeing in Buildings Group
"Anything that helps to make the outside air we breathe cleaner is welcome, but most of us spend 90 per cent of our time indoors. The government could improve indoor air quality by boosting funding to upgrade public buildings such as schools and hospitals."
What the Chancellor said:
"Statutory sick pay will also be available for all those who are advised to self-isolate - even if they haven't yet presented with symptoms.
"And rather than having to go to the doctor's you will soon be able to obtain a sick note by contacting 111.
"But of course, not everyone is eligible for statutory sick pay.
"There are millions of people working hard, who are self-employed or in the gig economy.
"For businesses with fewer than 250 employees... I have decided that the cost of providing statutory sick pay to any employee off work due to coronavirus... will, for up to 14 days, be refunded by the government in full. That could provide over £2 billion for up to 2 million businesses."
£1bn- Building Safety Fund worth £1 billion for all unsafe combustible cladding to be removed from every private and social residential building above 18 metres high.
£175bn- £175 billion investment boost to productivity by 2.5 per cent and add 0.5 per cent a year to GDP growth.
£500m- £500 million to support the roll-out of new rapid charging hubs for electric vehicles
£300m- Over £300 million to help local authorities reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions and improve air quality.