Politics

  • EOCS Insurance Meeting with ABI and BIBA
    EOCS campaigners met representatives from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) along with Lord Greenhalgh and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) civil servants on March 11th. We had been pushing for this meeting for months without much success and were kindly assisted in arranging it by ...
  • Cladding Crisis Brought All My Fears to the Surface
    I bought my apartment in 2018 as a first-time buyer. It took two jobs, a nine-to-five and an evening shift, to get a deposit. After a bad experience buying a flat off-plan (which ended with going to court to get my deposit back), I thought a flat that was built and ready to move into ...
  • Awake Again at 4am
    It’s 4am and I’m wide awake. I feel pressure on my chest, like someone is standing on it and I’m finding it hard to breathe properly. This isn’t the first time I’ve felt like this. I know I shouldn’t, but I reach for my phone and open Twitter. I realise I’m not the only one ...
  • Awake Again at 4am
    It’s 4am and I’m wide awake. I feel pressure on my chest, like someone is standing on it and I’m finding it hard to breathe properly. This isn’t the first time I’ve felt like this. I know I shouldn’t, but I reach for my phone and open Twitter. I realise I’m not the only one ...
  • How did I realise I am not OK?
    I am 51 years old this week and I have always considered myself to be a good human. I have worked hard all of my life, paid my taxes, always had a social conscience, never been arrested, and many others things that I think add up to being a model citizen. Life is made up of ...
  • How I Realised I Am Not OK
    I am 51 years old this week and I have always considered myself to be a good human. I have worked hard all of my life, paid my taxes, always had a social conscience, never been arrested, and many others things that I think add up to being a model citizen. Life is made up of ...
  • Diary of an Affected Leaseholder
    MONDAY 8am: The sound of a circular saw reminds me I might have people walking past my sixth floor window at any point. 9am: Every Monday around 9am I am shaken out of my skin by our Klaxon alarm. I never remember it is going to happen and I’m inevitably on a work call which ...
  • Conservative MPs Vote Against Fire Safety Bill Amendments
    Last night Conservative MPs voted to remove an amendment to the Fire Safety Bill that would have protected leaseholders from the cost of replacing dangerous cladding. The amendment was rejected 322 to 254. Official End Our Cladding Scandal Response to Fire Safety Bill Vote The issues at the heart of the building safety crisis are very ...
  • HCLG Committee Questions Lord Greenhalgh on Forced Loans and Non-Cladding Costs
    When Lord Greenhalgh (Minister for Building Safety) and Richard Goodman (Director-General for Building Safety at MHCLG) appeared before the HCLG Committee on 8th March, it was already 1,363 days since the Grenfell tragedy. Forty-five months. Almost four years. Yet there was still no sign of urgency in solving the building safety crisis for the thousands ...
  • EOCS gives evidence to HCLG Committee on cladding loans & non-cladding costs
    The Government recently announced a further £3.5bn of funding for cladding removal on high-rise buildings; new long-term cladding loans for leaseholders in mid-rise buildings; and nothing more than ‘caveat emptor’ for the remediation of other serious safety defects and interim safety measures. The cross-party Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee scrutinises the work of MHCLG; Lord ...