The Birmingham flats covered in plastic as cladding removed

Life behind plastic at Islington Gates, Birmingham It has been two years since residents at a block of flats in Birmingham were told cladding was making their homes unsafe. Islington Gates is among the first developments in the country to undergo remediation works after the Grenfell fire raised concerns […] Click here to view original…

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Thousands of affordable UK homes ‘won’t be built because of safety crisis’

Plans for thousands of affordable homes face being scrapped as billions of pounds are diverted to fixing the building safety crisis, builders have said. Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing, has told the Guardian it is on course to build 1,800 fewer affordable properties over […] Click here to view original…

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Flat owner receives £101K invoice for dangerous cladding repairs

Flat owner receives £101K invoice for dangerous cladding repairs 1 Homeowner receives cladding bill for £101K: Building safety crisis hits home as 26-year-old gets a six-figure invoice for repairs to her £180K flat Emilie Boswell lives in a two-bed flat in Leeds Dock affected by cladding issues She has […] Click here to view original…

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Gove explores tackling building safety crisis by cutting insurance costs

The new secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, Michael Gove, is looking for ways to slash insurance premiums for leaseholders who have been affected by the building safety crisis. Gove is also exploring ways to increase the pressure on developers to pay for repairs in the […] Click here to view original…

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Government should pay for removal of Grenfell-style cladding, say conveyancers

The government should step in and pay for all remedial costs to replace cladding on high-rise apartments. That is the call from the Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC), which says thousands of owners are facing bankruptcy and contemplating suicide over the issue. The Grenfell fire tragedy has left leaseholders […] Click here to view original…

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