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.
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…
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…
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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.