Fire expert warned NHBC of ‘accident waiting to happen’ three years before Grenfell, inquiry hears

Fire expert warned NHBC of ‘accident waiting to happen’ three years before Grenfell, inquiry hears

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Arup engineer made comments in October 2014 A fire expert warned a building control body that the use of combustible materials on high-rise buildings in the years leading up to the Grenfell fire was “an accident waiting to happen”, the inquiry has heard. Arup fire engineer Dr Barbara Lane, […]Click here to view original web…

Sheffield Council apologises for decade-long ‘catalogue of poor record keeping’ in relation to Hanover Tower cladding

Sheffield Council apologises for decade-long ‘catalogue of poor record keeping’ in relation to Hanover Tower cladding

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Councillor Paul Wood, cabinet member for community safety, spoke about the issue in a meeting of the safer and stronger communities scrutiny and policy development committee. He said: “Some of the questions I’ve asked consistently on the missing information are why is it missing? Where is it missing from? […] Click here to view original…

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Towering injustice: Millions are stuck with fire-trap homes after Grenfell blaze… and they are being hit by £2bn bill for safety work and insurance

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Homeowners in dangerous buildings are being hit with crippling bills because ministers have ‘buried their heads in the sand’ since the Grenfell disaster. About four million people are affected, with more than a million flat-owners paying £2.2billion a year for safety measures and extra insurance. The scandal, which has […] Click here to view original…

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One in seven house sales is under threat amid fears thousands of property deals could be sunk by cladding scandal

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Britain is facing its biggest housing crisis in a generation as failures to fix unsafe homes are putting one in seven property deals at risk of collapse, the Mail can reveal. More than a million homeowners have been left unable to sell or remortgage their properties in the wake […] Click here to view original…

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Dumb Perignon! Housing minister who should be sorting out the cladding scandal is too busy reviewing champagne

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

A minister whose department is supposed to be tackling the cladding scandal has advised voters to glug £174-a-bottle champagne while awaiting the rollout of the Covid vaccine. Housing minister Chris Pincher said Krug Grand Cru Cuvée would act as ‘an alternative vaccine until the real thing provides more permanent […] Click here to view original…

Eastbourne MP calls for more government action around unsafe cladding

Eastbourne MP calls for more government action around unsafe cladding

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has signed a joint parliamentary letter calling on more government support for leaseholders facing big bills to replace unsafe cladding on their buildings. The issue has come about following the 2017 Grenfell fire – causing the government to set aside £1.6 billion to […] Click here to view original…

Disabled leaseholders demand meeting with Jenrick over cladding issues

Disabled leaseholders demand meeting with Jenrick over cladding issues

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Government ministers and officials told to give evidence to Grenfell inquiry Hundreds evacuated from council-owned block following gas leak Grenfell Inquiry restart delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions Minister tells Arconic bosses to ‘step up’ and appear before Grenfell Inquiry Welsh Budget: social housing funding increased to £200m next year […] Click here to view original…

A million flats in England could be unmortgageable due to cladding

A million flats in England could be unmortgageable due to cladding

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Some 1.27 million flats in England may be ineligible for a mortgage due to concerns around unsafe cladding, a report by Capital Economics has suggested. The consultancy firm said if it was to be assumed that the statement made by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Governments (MHCLG) […] Click here to view original…

Building Safety Minister calls on cladding executives to “step up” and face Grenfell inquiry

Building Safety Minister calls on cladding executives to “step up” and face Grenfell inquiry

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

The UK’s Building Safety Minister, Stephen Greenhalgh, has added pressure to the calls for cladding executives who supplied materials for the Grenfell Tower to face the ongoing inquiry. In a tweet made on Sunday 3 rd January on Twitter, Mr Greenhalgh said it was “Time for these @arconic executives […] Click here to view original…

BEN WILKINSON: The cladding scandal has seen homeowners bitterly betrayed... ministers must act now to end their misery

BEN WILKINSON: The cladding scandal has seen homeowners bitterly betrayed… ministers must act now to end their misery

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Home ownership is a dream that takes a lot of hard work and sacrificial saving for many of us to realise. It is supposed to mean security, and it is meant to be one of the first big steps towards a bright financial future. The Government’s Help To Buy […] Click here to view original…

Grenfell firm’s director exits after billionaire boss Gene Murtagh apologises

Grenfell firm’s director exits after billionaire boss Gene Murtagh apologises

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Grenfell Tower in flames in June 2017. Seventy-two people died as a result of the blaze A director of a company that made combustible cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower quit yesterday after revelations at the public inquiry into the disaster. Kingspan said that Peter Wilson would retire as head […] Click here to view original…

Retirements in ruins: It's another side to the cladding scandal - Buy-to-let investors left high and dry, with their pension plans in tatters and properties almost worthless

Retirements in ruins: It’s another side to the cladding scandal – Buy-to-let investors left high and dry, with their pension plans in tatters and properties almost worthless

By News Feed | 9 January 2021

Faced with dwindling interest rates on savings, John and Veronica Ierston decided to invest their modest retirement savings in property. Fifteen years ago, the couple bought two flats in a brand new block in central Manchester. But when they attempted to sell up and release the equity last autumn, […] Click here to view original…