Government plan to resolve combustible cladding problem.

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    Government plan to resolve combustible cladding problem.

    Michael Gove speech in Parliament on 11 Jan 2022 :

    Mr Gove revealed a 4-point plan to reset the government’s approach:
    • Opening up the next phase of the Building Safety Fund to drive forward taking dangerous cladding off high-rise buildings, prioritising the government’s £5.1 billion funding on the highest risk
    • Those at fault will be held properly to account: a new team is being established to pursue and expose companies at fault, making them fix the buildings they built and face commercial consequences if they refuse
    • Restoring common sense to building assessments: indemnifying building assessors from being sued; and withdrawing the old, misinterpreted government advice that prompted too many buildings being declared as unsafe; and
    • New protections for leaseholders living in their own flats: with no bills for fixing unsafe cladding and new statutory protections for leaseholders within the Building Safety Bill

    Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove, said:
    More than 4 years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the system is broken.

    Leaseholders are trapped, unable to sell their homes and facing vast bills.

    But the developers and cladding companies who caused the problem are dodging accountability and have made vast profits during the pandemic whilst hard working families have struggled.

    From today, we are bringing this scandal to an end – protecting leaseholders and making industry pay.

    We will scrap proposals for loans and long-term debt for leaseholders in medium-rise buildings and give a guarantee that no leaseholder living in their own flat will pay a penny to fix dangerous cladding.

    Working with members of both Houses, we will look to bring a raft of leaseholder protections into law through our Building Safety bill.

    And we will restore much needed common sense on building safety assessments, ending the practice of too many buildings being declared unsafe.

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