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Government announcement on cladding crisis – Crisis responds

Yesterday (10 January) the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced plans to act on unsafe cladding.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, has given developers until March to agree to a plan to help leaseholders affected by the cladding crisis.

Responding to the Government’s announcement, Matt Downie, Crisis Chief Executive, said: “We welcome the announcement from Government about their plans to act on unsafe cladding.

“For too long leaseholders have been left in limbo, living with the strain the cladding crisis has placed on them, so this is a positive step to address this. Developers and others who have profited from the use of unsafe materials should pay to remedy the crisis.

“Government must now act promptly to clarify the details of the plan. As well as the critical issue of cladding, leaseholders must not bear the brunt of the high cost of other urgent fire safety measures on their homes and Government must ensure nobody is put at risk of homelessness because of this issue. We would also like to see Government making a clear commitment that these essential protections for leaseholders will not be delivered at the expense of much needed investment in social housing.”