Research conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Built Environment Communications Group's (BECG) new Building Safety Unit, has found that 75 per cent of people believe the government could either have done more to ensure the removal of flammable cladding from residential buildings since the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017.
Seventeen per cent of respondents maintain the authorities have not done enough, and 58 per cent think that far more could have been done.
Almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of people, including 56 per cent of Conservative voters, back further government support for funding to carry out works on any residential building, privately or publicly owned, to bring them in line with current fire safety regulations. This includes the removal of unsafe cladding on buildings under 18 metres, with 63 per cent of people believing that the height-based allocation of funding thus far has been unfair.
The research also reveals that 62 per cent of Londoners believe that the cladding scandal has affected public confidence in new-build housing, compared with only 40 per cent of people in the North of England and 37 per cent in the Midlands and Wales.
Jennifer Riddell Carpenter, director of the Building Safety Unit at BECG, said: “These results demonstrate the scale of the challenge for the government as it addresses the systemic failings in the building control system over multiple decades. The government’s latest package of support, announced on 10th February, extended the funding to remove cladding from buildings over 18 metres to £5 billion, but did not cover buildings beneath this height.
“This polling, conducted after the extension of funding was announced, demonstrates that the public remains concerned about the fairness of a scheme that does not cover lower-rise buildings whilst supporting further Government funding being made available.”
The research has been led by BECG’s new Building Safety Unit, which provides strategic counsel to clients affected by the fire and building safety agenda across the UK.
Talking about the new Building Safety Unit, BECG CEO Stephen Pomeroy said: “Building safety is one of the most prominent issues facing our clients and the sector.”