Yesterday, I brought together over 100 local leaseholders and representatives from the ‘End Our Cladding Scandal’ campaign to discuss how the Government is failing to uphold promises to protect leaseholders from massive costs for obligatory fire safety works.
We heard how the national campaign will continue under new Bills in this Parliament, four years after the Grenfell fire and with thousands of leaseholders still awaiting help from Government.
Currently, the Government is only providing funding for cladding replacement works on buildings over 18 metres. There is no clarity or detail on most of the promised Government loans or other help and delays are a huge problem for people facing rising service chargers and insurance premiums.
Leaseholders’ safety did not get a mention in the Queen’s Speech yesterday, but the Government revealed its priorities with proposals to benefit developers through Planning law changes.
I will continue to campaign to secure funds for all fire safety works and to make compulsory remediation work VAT-free. The Treasury should not profit from these mandated changes to people’s homes.