Who are we and what do we want?
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.
We demand action, via these 10 steps:
- The government must lead an urgent national effort to remove all dangerous cladding from buildings by June 2022
- 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 requiring 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
4 ways to help now:
- Follow our action group Brum LAG on Facebook and @BrumLAG on Twitter
- Lobby your MPs and attend their surgeries: theyworkforyou.com/, www.parliament.uk/site-information/glossary/surgeries/
- Sign this petition: change.org/p/kit-malthouse-save-homeowners-from-financial-ruin-by-ensuring-developers-pay-for-their-cladding-mistakes
- Follow other action groups such as UK Cladding Action Group @UKCAG, Manchester Cladiators @McrCladiators and National Leasehold Campaign @NLC_2019.
Eva from BrumLAG was interviewed by Ben Ellis of Switch Radio.
Members of BrumLAG was interviewed for BBC Radio West Midlands about the Birmingham Rally talking about the #EnoughIsEnough protest.
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Jen from BrumLAG was interviewed by Daz Hale on BBC Radio West Midlands about the Mayoral Hustings talking about the Cladding and Fire Safety Scandal.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Mayoral Hustings to hear the candidates discuss the Cladding and Fire Safety Scandal. To the candidates who answered with sincerity. Liam Byrne MP – Labour Party Cllr Steve Caudwell – Green Party Andy Street – Conservative Jenny Wilkinson – Liberal Democrat Chaired by Patrick Burns, a consummate…
We discuss the latest Government funding announcement, with guest speakers and impact statements from those affected. And an update on the national Building Safety Scandal. Guest speakers Andy Street West Midlands Mayor and Preet Gill MP, with a contribution from Andrew Mitchell MP. Recording Slides Q&A Answers to the questions raised in the…
“We all bought our homes in good faith and deserve a right to be safe in our homes.” Jenny Reid, from the Birmingham Leaseholder Action Group, says £3.5bn in extra govt funding for building safety still “seriously underestimates the size and scale of the issue”
Telling the housing minister Lord Greenhalgh about their dangerous cladding!
Roundtable discussion on the cladding scandal with affected residents, Lord Greenhalgh, Minister for Building Safety and Communities, Mike Amesbury MP, Shadow Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and Birmingham MPs.