Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas today shares his views on the latest cladding announcement.
The statement from Michael Gove is a belated step in the right direction, but unfortunately there are still several question marks over his plans. The announcement specifically refers to removal of cladding, but leaseholders should not have to meet any of the costs of other essential fire safety works such as fire breaks between apartment block storeys or wood cladded walkways or balconies.
I also want to make sure that developers, manufacturers of the materials and building owners are required by law to meet all costs so that the affordable homes investment programme isn’t left to shoulder the costs.
I am in regular dialogue with Clarion the housing association that owns Orchard Village in my constituency and I have been asking them how they plan to ensure safety for residents and not foist the costs onto shared owners. In the case of Orchard Village the builder no longer exists, and they won’t be the only ones, so the government need to make sure that the ultimate costs do not fall on leaseholders or on families on the growing housing waiting lists as new build homes programmes are cut back.