On Tuesday 24 November, Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, asked the Minster of State for Housing to reiterate that the costs of cladding and service charges will not be passed on to leaseholders or tenants.
As Chairman of the Fire Safety and Rescue All-Party Parliamentary Group, Sir David works with national, and local, specialists in the field to reduce the risk of fires in buildings, especially in high-rise blocks of flats.
Sir David said “a number of constituents in a low-rise block of flats in Southend West have been unable to get their properties insured because of cladding issues. It will cost £400,000 to remove the cladding and their service charges will escalate. Will my right hon. Friend please reiterate the principle that those costs should not be passed on to tenants or leaseholders?”
Christopher Pincher replied “I am happy to reiterate that point to my hon. Friend. Lord Greenhalgh has had a series of meetings with the insurance industry to make sure it fully understands and takes on board that point. He will continue to do so, as my hon. Friend will continue to campaign doughtily on behalf of his constituents”.