The Council will continue to support the campaign to end the cladding scandal, Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville has said, after yesterday’s government announcement failed to address the fire safety issues affecting leaseholders in Hackney and across the UK.
Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, yesterday announced new measures to pay for the removal of unsafe cladding, including a new fund for the removal of unsafe cladding in buildings above 18 metres and a £50 a month cap on leaseholder charges for removing cladding on buildings over six storeys.
Campaigners have argued that this will still lead to high costs to leaseholders in buildings below 18 metres and for expensive fire safety works not related to cladding.
In November 2020 the Council joined the Housing, Communities & Local Government Committee in calling for 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 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.