The government is poised to declare funding support for leaseholders to remove flammable cladding on buildings.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed that an announcement by the communities secretary Robert Jenrick would be made today to address cladding concerns.
News reports suggest that the new measures under consideration include a possible £5 billion grant in addition to the existing £1.6 billion building safety fund that leaseholders can apply for.
The government is also considering a £2 billion levy on property developers and builders over the next decade, charged at £200 million a year.
The lack of votes opposing the motion was down to all 363 Conservative MPs abstaining.
The conclusion of the vote in Labour’s favour meant the government was 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”.
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.
Many have criticised the government’s response in ensuring more rigorous safety standards.
Stephen McPartland, Conservative MP for Stevenage, commenting on Twitter, said: "The only announcement worth anything from Robert Jenrick today is leaseholders will not have to pay for historic fire safety defects. Anything less is a betrayal of millions of people."
Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central, also on Twitter, said: "The two big tests of today’s announcement on cladding are a) will it provide enough funding to fix the problem and b) will it protect leaseholders from having to pay for a scandal that was not of their making. It must do both."
Many leaseholders have reported bankruptcy and suffering with considerable mental health problems because of being left with having to pay for the removal of unsafe cladding.