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.
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…
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…
LEASEHOLDERS IN the Islington Gates development in central Birmingham still have to pay between £7,000 and £19,000 cladding removal bills, despite many losing jobs in the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this month , over 140 leaseholders in Islington Gates were given bills of up to £100,000 to be paid in […] Click here to view original…
Leaseholders living in a block in Birmingham, who are already facing financial hardship due to coronavirus, must pay up to £19,000 in just two weeks or risk being forced out of their homes. Islington Gates residents have been given bills of up to £19,000 (picture: Google Street View) Sharelines […] Click here to view original…
Sophie and Phil from BrumLAG on Talk Radio talking about the the cladding scandal and COVID-19 on Talk Radio.
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Leaseholders of Islington Gates have been told to replace the cladding which covers their building Residents of a Birmingham apartment block feel “trapped” after being slapped with bills for up to £100,000 to replace flammable cladding. More than 140 leaseholders at Islington Gates in the Jewellery Quarter have been […] Click here to view original…
A week ago we were sitting around the kitchen table planning our trip down to the #EndOurCladdingCrisis outside parliament. Conversation lead us to the realisation that it wasn’t just our leaseholders in our development that were grappling with this life changing issue. There would be many other leaseholders in Birmingham and the West Midlands in…