Cladding Remediation—Follow-up Contents


On 14 June 2017, 72 residents tragically lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire. Since then, this Committee has undertaken a range of work focussed on building safety. This report revisits our recent work on cladding remediation, following the Secretary of State’s statement on 10 February 2021 on the Government’s latest interventions to support the removal of unsafe cladding. These interventions include:

To make homes safe, and to know how long that will take, we need to know how many residential buildings have fire safety defects and what those defects are.

We welcome the additional £3.5 billion that the Government has put towards the Building Safety Fund, taking the total to £5.1 billion. The funding, however, does not go far enough. We have previously estimated that the total cost of full remediation works on affected buildings could be up to £15 billion. We also heard about limitations to the Building Safety Fund regarding who is eligible and what the fund can be used for.

It has consistently been this Committee’s position that leaseholders should not have to contribute towards any of the costs for a problem they played no part in creating.

We heard about the wider impacts of the cladding crisis on the private and social housing sectors. We call on the Government to:

We have stressed before that this crisis is about more than statistics, costs, and materials. At the heart of this crisis are people: people trapped in unsafe, unsellable homes. After a year in which we have spent more time in our homes than ever before, it is vital that affected residents get the mental health support that they need.

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