Our Statement on Labour’s Manifesto

Since the Grenfell catastrophe in 2017, we have welcomed the support from Labour MPs – whether that given to individual leaseholders or the Shadow Housing team’s ongoing engagement with our campaign. This included commitments made by Sir Keir Starmer in 2021 and the plan to create a “Building Works Agency” to solve the building safety crisis if Labour was re-elected – a plan which we helped to shape.

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Our statement on the seventh anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

On the seventh anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, we continue to stand with the bereaved, residents, survivors, and wider community. The fight will not end until there is truth, justice, change – and charges.

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Our report from Persimmon’s 2024 AGM

On 25th April 2024, we attended Persimmon’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) near the company’s headquarters in York. We would like to thank ShareAction for lending us a share in the company and for their ongoing support for our campaign.

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Our report from Taylor Wimpey’s 2024 AGM

Thanks to the support of ShareAction, we were recently able to attend Taylor Wimpey’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 23rd April 2024, near the company’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire. 

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Our response to DLUHC’s Call for Evidence on Jointly Owned Leases

In a press release in November 2023, the Government promised that the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill (LFRB) would include measures to ensure “that the leaseholder protections are not unfairly weighted against those who own properties jointly”. Yet on 1st May 2024, during the Committee Stage of the Bill in the House of Lords, Baroness Scott of Bybrook, DLUHC’s minister in the Lords, seemed to indicate that the Government might be preparing its excuses for not fulfilling its commitment to correct the unfairness to leaseholders who own properties jointly. She said, “Changing the leaseholder protection regime so that it is linked to a share of ownership, rather than individual properties, would also introduce an unnecessary level of uncertainty and complexity into the protections.”

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Our Meeting with Vistry Group – April 2024

On 5th April, we met Vistry Group to discuss their progress with making homes safe and how they can support leaseholders and residents through this process. The group has identified 327 buildings for fire safety remediation works so it has one of the largest programmes in the industry. Based on information from the published accounts of the 45 leading developers in the Responsible Actors Scheme, Vistry accounts for just under £1 in every £10 that is expected to be spent on fire safety remediation works across the country.

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Redrow agrees to fund remediation at Celestia

Redrow has written to the volunteer directors of the Celestia complex in Cardiff, finally offering to undertake remediation works there at its own expense. The estimated date for work to begin is “early 2025” – approaching two years since the Welsh Government confirmed that Redrow had signed the Deed of Bilateral Contract.

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Our meeting with the Building Societies Association

In January, we met with the Building Societies Association (BSA), to highlight the continuing difficulties that leaseholders affected by the building safety scandal are having with remortgaging and selling their homes.

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