The House of Commons has voted to pass Labour’s cladding motion with 263 votes of support and 0 votes against.
The lack of votes opposing the motion was down to all 363 Conservative MPs abstaining. In a four-hour debate yesterday, MPs spoke in support of protecting leaseholders from the high remediation bills, calling on building owners to take responsibility.
The conclusion of the vote in Labour’s favour means the government is now being called upon “to urgently establish the extent of dangerous cladding and prioritise buildings according to risk; provide upfront funding to ensure cladding remediation can start immediately; protect leaseholders and taxpayers from the cost by pursuing those responsible for the cladding crisis; and update Parliament once a month in the form of a written ministerial statement by the secretary of state”.
Last week, Thangam Debbonaire MP, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, said: “Millions of innocent leaseholders are seeing their dream of home ownership become a nightmare, forced to spend lockdown trapped in unsafe and unsellable flats, with bills mounting. The number of bankruptcies is growing.
“Government inaction on the cladding scandal has gone on for too long. Buildings must be made safe and residents must be protected. Ministers have consistently promised leaseholders they would not have to pay for this work, but consistently failed to deliver.”
The 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people, and the following inquiry exposed many shortcomings in the building safety regime including possible misuse of safety tests by companies supplying cladding and insulation across the UK.
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