That battle was won, as was our call for funding to replace Grenfell Tower-style cladding in the social housing sector.
Now, a year later, the Government has agreed to foot the estimated £200 million bill for replacing such cladding on private sector residential buildings.
“Leaseholders are not to blame for the dangerous cladding on their homes
The LGA has been pushing for this, behind the scenes, for a long time. It will be a huge relief to leaseholders who are not to blame for the dangerous cladding on their homes.
I’m also pleased that government has said it will try to recoup costs from those responsible for the installation of unsafe cladding. It would be wrong for taxpayers to have to pay these bills.
But almost two years since the Grenfell fire, there is still more to do. Councils have a vital role to play in making people safe; as first was going to press, we were expecting the Government’s consultation on a new building safety regime, which we anticipate will make significant proposals in response to some of the biggest challenges of our time.
On a happier note, I’d like to congratulate those of you who were elected or re-elected on 2 May. I was honoured to be re-elected to continue to represent the best place in the country, and I know all of us will carry on doing the best for our local communities in these difficult times.
The LGA continues to campaign on your behalf on the issues that matter to local government, not least the need for our sector to be adequately funded.
Our Spending Review campaign (see www.local.gov.uk/councils-can) is in full swing and was the subject of our recent Smith Square debate, at which Liz Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responded positively to concerns about funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities (see p30).