There are some new pieces of legislation coming before Parliament where MPs could put pressure on Ministers to act to support leaseholders affected by the cladding scandal. The next one is just around the corner.
This month, Luke signed three amendments to the Building Safety Bill that Parliament is considering.
I will continue to fight for a fairer deal for leaseholders affected by cladding issues. These amendments would reduce the unfair financial burden on leaseholders for cladding-related remedial work. They will be voted on by MPs in the new year and signing amendments shows they have support before they are considered. It doesn’t guarantee they’ll pass but it builds the case for the content of the amendments.
The amendments which seek to introduce new measures to the wording of the bill are:
- New Clause 5 – which would empower the government and local authorities to designate dwellings with cladding and fire safety defects as defective and to provide grant support for remediation. This would support leaseholders facing large bills.
- New Clause 6 – which would place a time-limited duty on the Secretary of State to consider making designations under Part XVI of the Housing Act 1985 to provide funding for cladding and fire safety remediation and for Parliament to approve the plans for doing so. Again, this would support leaseholders facing large bills for safety work on their buildings.
- New Clause 13 – which would prevent the costs of any fire safety or building safety remedial works being passed on to leaseholders. This is putting into the legislation the promise made time and time again by Ministers that leaseholders would not be facing any bills, something we know, sadly is not accurate.
A break-down of the stages that the Building Safety Bill must pass before becoming law is available here: How does a bill become a law? – UK Parliament