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KARL posted an article in LocalWith scathing criticism from tenants over everything from flammable cladding to dodgy windows in an article in the Salford Star this week (see this link), Salford Council has attempted to explain the reasons for the delays in removal and replacement of the flammable cladding, in doing so places that blame squarely at the feet of the Government who they say are frustrating matters with red tape and a refusal to let the council lend the money needed. The council says it made a commitment in August 2017 to lend up to £25m to Pendleton Together Operating Limited, the PFI company responsible for the tower blocks, to replace the cladding system. The council approved a lending facility in March 2018 as the best way to get the ACM cladding system replaced; pledging to provide funds after a new cladding system was independently tested and residents were consulted on the proposed works. The funding stream would have allowed a detailed work programme to be designed and contracted. The Government however has refused us permission to lend the money. Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said: The council is now working closely with the Pendleton Together Operating Limited to confirm a new timetable for when the remaining works will start. In the meantime works to Plane Court will continue and fire safety measures will remain in place on all blocks, including the 24/7 fire marshalls. However this will not come as a great comfort to those who remain housed in homes still encased with the flammable cladding.