Politics

  • Leasehold high-rise flats: Who pays for fire safety work?
    This briefing from the House of Commons Library considers debate about responsibility for paying for fire safety works on blocks of flats in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. It covers provisions in the Building Safety Act 2022. The post Leasehold high-rise flats: Who pays for fire safety work? appeared first on End Our Cladding ...
  • Our meeting with DLUHC
    On Tuesday 7 June, we met with Michael Gove’s officials to discuss our ongoing concerns around the leaseholder protections in the Building Safety Act, as well as to hear an update on the Act’s secondary legislation.  We focused on the various funding schemes including the lack of action on the ground following the pledges by the ...
  • Our meeting with the Housing Ombudsman
    A few weeks ago we met with Richard Blakeway, the Housing Ombudsman, to discuss the recommendations in our ‘Dereliction of Duty’ report. The Ombudsman has the power to investigate complaints about housing associations (HAs) and other registered social landlords, and can make recommendations, but unfortunately he does not have the power to enforce these recommendations. If ...
  • Building Safety Act: Q&A with Liam Spender
    The Building Safety Bill has now received Royal Assent and is due to become law shortly. On 10th May, we held a Q&A Webinar on the Building Safety Act, where Liam Spender provided an overview of the forthcoming law and impact to leaseholders and service charges. Please find the presentation Liam gave here and the ...
  • David and Goliath: SMK’s National Campaigner Awards 2022
    We’re delighted that the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign has been shortlisted in SMK’s National Campaigner Awards 2022. Our campaign has been shortlisted in the David and Goliath category, which celebrates small campaign groups that take on much bigger organisations and challenge vested power. ‘David and Goliath’ is a very apt description of our battle for ...
  • Our Letter to Rishi Sunak
    With the Building Safety Bill due to become law in the coming weeks, and with all leaseholders still not fully protected, we have written to the Chancellor to ask him to agree to the Government replacing leaseholders as the final stage of the waterfall and to provide up-front funding wherever it is required. Our view is ...
  • Your UK Parliament Awards 2022
    We’re pleased to announce that the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign has been Highly Commended in the Your UK Parliament Awards. Our campaign was shortlisted in the Digital Campaign of the Year category, which celebrates campaigns that connect people to democracy through digital engagement. Since the relaunch of our campaign in September 2020, leaseholders from across the ...
  • Why we need better protection in the Building Safety Bill
    It is nearly five years since the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has shown how the Civil Service and ex-Ministers failed to act on repeated warnings, largely due to the deregulatory landscape. On 10 January 2022, Secretary of State Michael Gove told Parliament that leaseholders “are blameless, and it is morally wrong ...
  • Our Statement on Lending and Valuation Industries “Joint Statement on Cladding” Announcement
    On 31 March 2022, the lending and valuation industries published a joint statement on cladding to clarify the current lending position for properties where the EWS1 form or equivalent assessment recommends remediation (A3 or B2 rating). The joint statement can be found here We welcome this joint statement from the lending and valuation industries with our usual ...
  • Statement on LUHC Select Committee’s Building Safety: Remediation and Funding Report
    On 11th March 2022 the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee published the “Building Safety: Remediation and Funding” report. This is a House of Commons Committee report, with recommendations to government. The Government has two months to respond. We welcome this important report, and we thank members of the Select Committee for their dedication to ...