Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
For immediate release
13 March 2020
HCLG Committee invites residents’ experiences of cladding scandal
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a survey to understand the extent of dangerous cladding remaining and other fire safety defects on residential buildings, and the impact this has had on residents lives.
Take part in the survey here.
The quick to complete survey invites residents to tell the Committee what the fire safety issues on their buildings have been, detail the impact this has had on them, whether it be financial or emotional, and give their views on the Government’s response.
The survey will inform the Committee’s recently launched inquiry – Cladding: progress on remediation. The inquiry will examine the scale of issues facing residents in buildings due to combustible cladding. It will also look at the effectiveness of Government support for the removal of all form of dangerous cladding from existing buildings, in particular the pace of remediation.
Following the Grenfell Tower fire, it was found that the use of a number of forms of dangerous cladding on residential buildings was widespread. The impact on residents is not limited to the elevated fire risk due to the installation of combustible cladding on their properties. There have been additional consequences that have caused significant financial and emotional strain. Residents have found themselves footing the bill for round-the-clock fire patrols, increased insurance premiums and difficulties in accessing mortgage finance.
Committee Chair Clive Betts MP said:
“We have launched this survey to get a real understanding of the impact that the on-going failure to resolve the cladding crisis has had on people’s lives. Our aim is to find out what more needs to be done to end the financial and mental stress that thousands of residents are still going through.
“In the budget, the Government announced further funding for the removal of all types of cladding from existing buildings. We cannot be complacent however. If thousands of residents remain in limbo, facing huge costs for fire patrols or unable to mortgage their home, it will simply not be good enough.”
“We hope that this will be the most comprehensive survey of residents’ real life experiences of dealing with fire safety concerns in their buildings.”