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    Leaseholders and social housing providers on the hook for significant costs

    Government plans to fix the building safety crisis leave leaseholders and social housing providers on the hook for significant costs, writes Clive Betts, the MP and Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee.

    By Clive Betts MP on 08 August 2022

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    England still lagging behind on fire safety in residential blocks

    June 28th was anxiously awaited by millions of leaseholders across the country. It marked the date at which the protections in the Building Safety Act came into force, past which no leaseholder (in a building above 11 metres) could be given a bill to replace the flammable cladding on their building.

    By Lucy Brown, UK Cladding Action Group on 13 July 2022

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    High hopes

    It’s a beautiful day in June and fire safety professional, Russ Timpson should be on holiday, but he’s talking to me. This is because it’s also five years today, on 14 June, since the Grenfell fire exposed severe systemic failings and the industry has a lot to get done.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 04 July 2022

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    Building Safety Act marks major step forward, but work to be done

    The government’s Building Safety Bill has become law, after receiving Royal Assent on 28 April.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 06 May 2022

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    The Building Safety Bill offers some financial relief for leaseholders

    The Building Safety Bill in its current form is an altogether better solution for leaseholders than we could have hoped for during the passage of the Fire Safety Act 2021.

    By Royston Smith MP, Southampton Itchen on 12 April 2022

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    The government should fund all cladding removal

    The government’s recently announced plan to fund the removal of unsafe cladding from residential buildings over 18 metres does not go far enough.

    By Jonathan O’Neill, Fire Protection Association on 17 March 2021

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    The cladding crisis is far from over

    A shortage of contractors to remove flammable cladding from high rise apartment buildings means people will be living in potentially unsafe homes for years to come.

    By Nigel Glen, Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) on 03 March 2021