The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has announced that the Waking Watch Relief Fund has re-opened to applications using additional £5 million of funding.
The fund is targeted at high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding and is designed to protect lease holders from the high cost of Waking Watches by providing funding for fire alarms.
Responsibility for applying to the fund will rest with the Responsible Person (RP). Under the Fire Safety Order, the RP is the entity responsible for ensuring the safety of residents in their building from fire and assess the risk and identify suitable mitigating measures where they are needed.
To be eligible a building must:
- be in the private sector
- be over 17.70 metres in height
- have an unsafe cladding system
- have a waking watch in place where these costs have been passed on to leaseholders
Social sector buildings where the Registered Provider can evidence that waking watch costs have been passed to leaseholders and the costs of installing an alarm will fall on leaseholders will also be eligible.
The closing date for applications is the 10th December 2021.