Hackney Council has joined an influential parliamentary committee in calling on the government to step in to ensure leaseholders and shared owners are not forced to pay the cost of making buildings with dangerous cladding safe.
The Housing, Communities & Local Government Committee – a cross-party group of MPs in the House of Commons – today published a report urging the government to ensure leaseholders should not pay anything towards the cost of historical safety defects. This follows a widespread #EndOurCladdingScandal campaign seeking proper funding for unsafe cladding identified after the Grenfell Tower fire to be removed.
Earlier this year the Council gave evidence to this committee, highlighting why the government must provide leadership and clarity for leaseholders who are unable to sell their home and are facing huge bills to remove potentially dangerous cladding.
The Council is already leading by example in investing in fire safety in taller buildings without passing the cost on to leaseholders. New, safer external wall insulation has been fitted on five buildings, including Hugh Gaitskell House, the Nye Bevan Estate and the three buildings at Lincoln Court.
While none of the buildings receiving new cladding have had significant fire safety risks or were required to have improvements, the investment will ensure the buildings meet the same standards as buildings built or refurbished today, delivering on the Council’s commitment to going above and beyond to ensure the safety of residents.
This is part of a package of investment in fire safety across Council homes in Hackney, which also includes thousands of new safer front entrance doors, new dry risers to help the London Fire Brigade tackle incidents, and work to ensure more vulnerable residents get extra support in the event of a fire.