11 Jan 2022

CIH responds to the secretary of state’s announcement on building safety

Earlier this week the Secretary of State Michael Gove made an announcement to House of Commons on building safety and his commitment to delivering a solution which will protect many thousands of leaseholders from the cost of removing unsafe cladding.

The Government will require an extra £4 billion from property developers to fund repairs to dangerous apartment blocks in the wake of the Grenfell tower disaster.

CIH head of policy and public affairs Rachael Williamson said:

“CIH welcomes the new approach to building safety which was set out yesterday, making sure developers who designed, built and profited from unsafe buildings are paying to fix them. But we must make sure that protections and assurances are in place for all leaseholders and that the cost of fixing the cladding crisis doesn’t risk undermining future housing supply. Further assurance is needed on the detail."