Cladding: ‘We’re paying to dwell in a darkish, uninteresting field’

A resident in a Birmingham tower block that’s having flamable cladding eliminated, within the wake of the Grenfell catastrophe, explains his plight.

Leaseholder Jim Illingworth is glad that the federal government is funding the removing of the damaging cladding. But he, and others like him across the nation, nonetheless face monetary and psychological stresses on account of the work. Sarah Corker reviews.

In response to our report a spokesperson for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities stated: “It is unacceptable and unfair that leaseholders are facing bills of this kind through no fault of their own. Everyone should be safe in their homes – and building owners and industry must make buildings safe without passing on costs to leaseholders.

“The new Secretary of State is trying afresh at work on this space to make sure we’re doing the whole lot we are able to to guard and help leaseholders.”


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