Social landlords ‘face £10bn bill to fix fire safety problems’

Social landlords have warned they are facing a bill of more than £10bn to fix fire safety problems after the Grenfell Tower disaster and that much-needed affordable housebuilding is in jeopardy unless the government funds a bailout. The cost is at least 25 times greater than the £400m budgeted […] Click here to view original…

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Combustible cladding: protesters call on Boris Johnson to end crisis

Owners of high-rise apartments wrapped in combustible cladding have demonstrated in Westminster to demand Boris Johnson release billions of pounds to end a national fire safety crisis that continues nearly 1,000 days after the Grenfell Tower disaster. Families with young children, retirees and working couples from tower blocks in […] Click here to view original…

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Half a million people in UK live in flats with unsafe cladding – report

More than half a million people are living in unsafe private apartments wrapped in combustible cladding, according to a survey by property agents, as pressure grows on ministers to launch a bailout that could cost more than £2bn. The estimated scale of the post-Grenfell cladding crisis is far higher […] Click here to view original…

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MPs urge government to fix all buildings with dangerous cladding

MPs have demanded that the government finally foot a multi-billion-pound bill to bail out hundreds of thousands of apartment owners caught in the post-Grenfell fire safety crisis . Hilary Benn , MP for Leeds Central, on Wednesday led cross-party calls for the chancellor, Sajid Javid, to urgently increase the […] Click here to view original…

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Fraud charges possible over Grenfell Tower refit, says inquiry chair

People involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower are facing possible charges of fraud and conspiracy to defraud, according to the chairman of the public inquiry into the disaster that claimed 72 lives. Sir Martin Moore-Bick has told the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, that during forthcoming hearings examining the […] Click here to view original…

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Thousands trapped in limbo by post-Grenfell fire safety standards

It was in April 2018 that Danyal Aziz reserved a shared-ownership flat at the Paragon in Ilford, east London. The development, built with government funding to provide affordable housing, was supposed to be completed that November and Aziz was told he must obtain a mortgage offer within 28 days […] Click here to view original…

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Grenfell: owners of blocks with dangerous cladding to be named

Owners of apartment blocks who refuse to remove dangerous combustible cladding will be named and shamed as part of new post-Grenfell safety measures, after ministers admitted that progress to make homes safe from fire had been “unacceptably slow”. The housing secretary, Robert Jenrick , told the House of Commons […] Click here to view original…

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