Government’s cladding remediation proposals examined
26 February 2021
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee examines the likely impact of the measures and gain the perspectives of a range of stakeholders, including homeowners, building managers, housebuilders and local authorities.
- Watch Parliament TV: Cladding Remediation - Follow-up
- Inquiry: Cladding Remediation - Follow-up
- Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
Monday 1 March 2021, virtual meeting
- Dr Dean Buckner, Trustee, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership
- Dr Nigel Glen, CEO, Association of Residential Managing Agents
- Dr Will Martin, Co-Founder, UK Cladding Action Group
- The Lord Porter of Spalding CBE, Fire and Building Safety Spokesman, Local Government Association (LGA)
- Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
On 10 February, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, announced package of measures worth £3.5 billion to support the removal of unsafe cladding from residential buildings.
This included a commitment to fund the removal of all cladding from buildings of six stories or higher, a loan scheme for “lower risk” buildings and other measures to improve access to finance and insurance for homeowners.
A new tax on the residential property development sector was also announced, with the intention of raising £2 billion over a decade to contribute to the cost of the cladding remediation measures.
The session also looks at how well the Government’s proposals meet the true cost of remediation for the removal of cladding, and the likely cost of fixing wider building safety issues that may arise.
It considers the impact of the loan scheme, including the long-term financial commitment for homeowners and potential knock-on effects on property values. The Committee also examines how ‘fair’ the Government’s proposals are and whether the brunt of the cost is being met by those who caused the cladding crisis.
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