We thank Michael Gove and his Department for their work to ensure that 39 developers, who were initially asked to sign the Government’s pledge a year ago, have so far signed the developer remediation contract. The “naming and shaming” of those who have still failed to take responsibility is appreciated – and long overdue. Mr Gove’s apology to leaseholders for the many years that we have been forced to wait for our homes to be made safe is also welcome. However, the time for tough talk is clearly over.Continue reading “Our statement on Michael Gove’s building safety update”
Our response to the consultation on building safety directors
We do not agree with the decision to force RMCs and RTMs to appoint a building safety director at all.Continue reading “Our response to the consultation on building safety directors”
No backsliding: Developer safety ‘pledges’ must be turned into unambiguous legal contracts without further delay
In April, Michael Gove announced that the biggest UK homebuilders had ‘pledged’ to fix all unsafe buildings over 11 metres in height that they had played a role in developing in the last 30 years.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) press release declared this ‘a victory for leaseholders’ – although we think leaseholders will be the judge of that, and the devil is still very much in the detail.
Continue reading “No backsliding: Developer safety ‘pledges’ must be turned into unambiguous legal contracts without further delay”
Another 5-7 years until all Barratt buildings are made safe: Report from Barratt’s October 2022 AGM
Companies use Annual General Meetings (AGMs) to show shareholders how well the Directors are running the company. With the right planning, and access to company shares, they are a good opportunity for campaigners to raise issues with key decision-makers.Continue reading “Another 5-7 years until all Barratt buildings are made safe: Report from Barratt’s October 2022 AGM”
Mayor of London responds to our ‘Dereliction of Duty’ report
We met with the Deputy Mayor of London, Tom Copley, this summer, to discuss our ‘Dereliction of Duty’ report published earlier this year. The report explains how housing associations failed their leaseholders and shared owners trapped in the building safety crisis. During the meeting we also discussed a range of urgent issues – more on this soon.Continue reading “Mayor of London responds to our ‘Dereliction of Duty’ report”
DLUHC responses to EOCS questions
DLUHC has responded to the questions we submitted following our meeting on 3 August 2022 with the then Secretary of State for Housing, Greg Clark.Continue reading “DLUHC responses to EOCS questions”
Statement on our 3 August meeting with Housing Secretary Greg Clark
We would like to thank the new Secretary of State for Housing, Greg Clark, for meeting us to listen to the stories of ordinary people trapped in the building safety crisis. Mr Clark told us that he considers this scandal to be the most important issue facing his department today, and one that he is determined to solve. Last week, a construction industry source suggested that finalising contracts should be delayed until a new prime minister is in place. However, Mr Clark has told us that the Government will accelerate policies put forward by his predecessor, Michael Gove, and that there will be no ‘treading water’.Continue reading “Statement on our 3 August meeting with Housing Secretary Greg Clark”
Our meeting with DLUHC
On Monday 27 June, we met with Michael Gove’s officials to follow up our meeting of 7 June prior to the Building Safety Act’s leaseholder protections coming into force the following day.Continue reading “Our meeting with DLUHC”
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.
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.Continue reading “Our meeting with DLUHC”