Westminster Labour calls on Government to end cladding scandal
Westminster Labour Councillors are supporting residents of buildings with dangerous cladding by endorsing Inside Housing’s 10-point plan calling for the Government to lead an “urgent, national effort” to end the scandal that has left tens of thousands of buildings nationwide clad in dangerous materials and residents asked to pay.
Residents living in the Paddington Walk development are amongst those badly affected https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cladding-grenfell-tower-fire-flats-high-rise-block-lockdown-a9562756.html
The Inside Housing 10-point plan comprises:
- The government must lead an urgent national effort to remove all dangerous cladding from buildings by June 2022, including the prioritisation of blocks most at risk.
- The Building Safety Fund must cover all buildings, regardless of height, and a range of internal and external fire safety defects, not just cladding.
- The government should provide the money up front and then seek to recover it from any responsible parties or via a temporary levy on development.
- Social housing providers must have full and equal access to the fund.
- The government must compel building owners or managers to be honest with residents about fire safety defects.
- The government should cover the cost of interim safety measures.
- The government should act as an insurer of last resort and underwrite insurance where premiums have soared.
- A fairer, faster process is needed to replace EWS and funding is necessary to ensure all buildings that require a form are surveyed within 12 months.
- Mental health support must be offered to affected residents.
- Protecting residents from historic and future costs must be a key commitment of new building safety legislation.
Councillor Geoff Barraclough said:
“Four years after Grenfell, there are nine blocks in Westminster, including Paddington Walk, which are still covered with flammable ACM cladding. We need Government action now to make these homes safe. The property developers and construction companies that built and sold these flats should be forced to pick up the tab.”