Demo for those living with Grenfell-style cladding
Over a year after Grenfell, join Fuel Poverty Action who are gathering on the 17th October at 1pm outside the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to hand in their Open Letter (signed by 60+ MPs, NGOs and campaigns) demanding that the government makes homes safe.
Safe Cladding and Insulation Now
- There is nothing for student residences, or private blocks. Leaseholders have been asked to fund the works themselves or remain in a fire-trap.
- There is nothing for schools, hospitals, or other workplaces.
- Even for social housing, the £400 million ‘estimate’ cited by Theresa May is nowhere near enough: making all blocks fire-safe has been estimated at over £600 million.
- Building regulations remain unchanged, government guidance on combustible materials is still awaiting consultation, and some kinds of flammable cladding are not even being looked at.
- Re-cladding is progressing at a snail’s pace. A year after the Grenfell fire, only 23 out of 466 confirmed combustible tower blocks have been re-clad. On a quarter of the 159 social housing blocks deemed to be in danger, work has not even started.
- Getting cladding off is only half the battle. Last winter de-clad buildings meant freezing temperatures, damp, mould, misery and ill health (see video testimonies here http://bit.do/ scinvideo). With thousands in the UK already dying every year from fuel poverty, and with climate change likely to bring more of such extreme weather, the cladding crisis may well lead to deaths.