Although the #claddingscandal is an uphill struggle, we wanted to show what we have achieved together in just two months. We couldn't do this without our volunteers and donors. Thank you.
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We are an action group, set up in February 2020, to put pressure on those responsible for trapping leaseholders in unsafe buildings, following the Grenfell tragedy.

Cladding removal and replacement, and other fire safety issues raised by Grenfell, are resulting in life-changing bills for leaseholders, through no fault of their own.

And until repairs are made, leaseholders and tenants are trapped in unsafe buildings. Thousands of people are under incredible stress. From first time buyers, who stretched to get their foot on the housing ladder and are now #generationtrapped, through to retirees who now face living in poverty, or face bankruptcy and homelessness, with no chance to earn their way out of this crisis.

Aims:

  1. For the Government to underwrite the insurance for our buildings, in the same way they did previously for flood affected houses. Insurance companies have, in some cases, quintupled their premiums for flats with unsafe cladding. They are also threatening to pull cover all together if works are not planned and carried out quickly. This unfairly puts the onus on the leaseholders to find, in some cases, millions of pounds per development in 12 – 18 months.
  2. For the Government’s cladding fund to be extended to cover all fire safety issues highlighted since Grenfell for the estimated 450+ affected buildings in the UK. The recently communicated £1bn building safety fund is a positive step as it covers both ACM and non ACM cladding, however it does not cover buildings under 18 metres or non-cladding related fire safety issues, resulting in a leaseholder lottery.
  3. For interim waking watches to be funded by the building owners. There are significant costs for having a 24/7 waking watch until repairs can be completed. Where these are required they should be paid for by the building owners.
  4. 4 ways to help now:

BrumLAG Interview on BBC Radio WM

By News Feed | 31 July 2020 |
BBC Radio WM

A campaign group in Birmingham says it’s worried there may be dozens of buildings in the city with cladding issues that aren’t being identified – that could leave flat owners seriously out of pocket.

Cladding Action Groups on Radio 4 You and Yours consumer affairs programme

By BrumLAG | 21 May 2020 |

Birmingham tower block faces a bill increase from £43,000 to £500,000

By News Feed | 15 May 2020 |

Birmingham tower block faces a bill increase from £43,000 to £500,000 as official figures show removal of flammable material has all but stalled. […] Click here to view original web page

A message of solidarity …

By BrumLAG | 12 May 2020 |
BrumLAG Header

A message of solidarity, from all those affected by the cladding & fire safety scandal during COVID-19 …

Commons nods through Fire Safety Bill, amid plenty of grumbling by veteran MPs from all parties

By News Feed | 11 May 2020 |
Commons nods through Fire Safety Bill, amid plenty of grumbling by veteran MPs from all parties

Sir Mike Penning, Tory MP for Hemel Hempstead and a former fire minister, fumed at the Fire Safety Bill’s implications for leaseholders, who “should not have the burden, which is currently on them all the time, day in, day out” By Harry Scoffin The first new law on fire […] Click here to view original…

Residents in city’s tallest tower block face massive bills over cladding

By News Feed | 27 April 2020 |
Residents in city's tallest tower block face massive bills over cladding

Brindley House in Newhall Street Birmingham Birmingham’s tallest residential tower block faces a staggering 775 per cent insurance increase. The massive hike at Brindley House – the biggest increase in Birmingham – has been spawned by cladding regulations that followed the Grenfell Tower blaze. The rapid spread of the […] Click here to view original…

UPDATES ON BUILDING SAFETY REFORMS – Letter to MPs from Robert Jenrick

By News Feed | 2 April 2020 |
Robert Jenrick

Islington Gates on Radio 4 You and Yours consumer affairs programme

By BrumLAG | 1 April 2020 |
Islington Gates on Radio 4 You and Yours consumer affairs programme

Full programme https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000gsld

BrumLAG 5 weeks in …

By BrumLAG | 29 March 2020 |

Our last blog post at the beginning of the month was titled “1 week in …”. We had hoped to do a weekly post but things have been happening so fast 4 weeks have got behind us already! Back on the 4th Sophie and Brian recorded a podcast over a few glasses of wine and…

Cladding insurance may force out residents of tower blocks

By News Feed | 28 March 2020 |
Cladding insurance may force out residents of tower blocks

Katie Illingworth and her husband, Jim, face having to spend their pension savings on cladding Residents at a Birmingham tower block with flammable cladding must each pay an insurance bill that has quadrupled to £191,000 by next week or move out. Across England, leaseholders in flats with combustible external […] Click here to view original…

Roundtable meeting

We are running a roundtable meeting for:

  • Active lobbying politicians
  • Constituency MPS
  • Affected Leaseholders and Managing Agents (where no RTM Board)
  • Freeholders
  • Estate agents and similar affected businesses

More information

Samaritans Call 116 123

@BrumLAG on Twitter