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UK to pay $4.8 bln more to remove unsafe cladding after Grenfell

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Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in the Grenfell Tower apartment block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday it would give an additional 3.5 billion pounds ($4.8 billion) to remove dangerous cladding on high-rise residential buildings, more than three years after the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London.

"This means the government is providing more than 5 billion pounds including a further 3.5 billion pounds announced today," Housing minister Robert Jenrick told parliament.

He said the funds would go towards the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding for all leaseholders in high rise residential buildings of 18 metres or above.

($1 = 0.7230 pounds)

Reporting by William James; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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