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’.

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Our meeting with the Housing Ombudsman

A few weeks ago we met with Richard Blakeway, the Housing Ombudsman, to discuss the recommendations in our ‘Dereliction of Duty’ report. The Ombudsman has the power to investigate complaints about housing associations (HAs) and other registered social landlords, and can make recommendations, but unfortunately he does not have the power to enforce these recommendations.

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Building Safety Act: Q&A with Liam Spender

The Building Safety Bill has now received Royal Assent and is due to become law shortly. On 10th May, we held a Q&A Webinar on the Building Safety Act, where Liam Spender provided an overview of the forthcoming law and impact to leaseholders and service charges. You can download the presentation Liam gave here and the video can be watched below.

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David and Goliath: SMK’s National Campaigner Awards 2022

We’re delighted that the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign has been shortlisted in SMK’s National Campaigner Awards 2022. Our campaign has been shortlisted in the David and Goliath category, which celebrates small campaign groups that take on much bigger organisations and challenge vested power.

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Our Letter to Rishi Sunak

With the Building Safety Bill due to become law in the coming weeks, and with all leaseholders still not fully protected, we have written to the Chancellor to ask him to agree to the Government replacing leaseholders as the final stage of the waterfall and to provide up-front funding wherever it is required.

Our view is that this is the only way to provide true certainty to leaseholders and the housing market. Read our letter here.