A local Campaign Idea - Cladding

28 Oct 2020

Unfortunately in this country, ethnic minority communities are disproportionately likely to live in onvercrowded and poor quality housing.

As we have seen during the pandemic this can lead to fatal consequences, as so sadly happened in the Grenfell disaster.

Executive Member Cllr. Rabina Khan has been campaigning on the issue of unsafe cladding, which disproportionately effects ethnic minority communites.

Perhaps your local party could identify a high-rise block with unsafe cladding and campaign to get it safely removed for its residents, it could be a great way of reaching out to communities ignored by Labour and who haven't heard from the Liberal Democrats before?

Here's Rabina's briefing on the campaign so you can follow her footsteps:

"I've been campaigning to end the cladding crisis, which is affecting far too many people in Britain. They cannot move on with their lives as they wait to find out whether their blocks are safe. Leaseholders and shared ownership tenants are facing life-changing bills to fix buildings they weren't responsible for building and didn't sign off. Nor are they the building owners. The problems that have emerged in the years following the Grenfell fire are a failure of successive governments, but only an organisation as powerful as the government can fix this. The innocent parties are the occupiers. Ministers should pay up now and then pursue developers and the rest of the money through the courts and a windfall tax.

Poor decisions by previous governments led to the deregulation of fire services and safety precautions in high-rise residential buildings. In December 2018, the Government introduced an amendment to the Building Regulations, which prohibits the use of 'combustible cladding' in high-rise residential buildings above 18 metres. Nevertheless, this does not solve the current problem of existing buildings in London that are still unsafe, and hundreds of others across the country."

If you would like to find out more then please email info@ldcre.org.uk or contact Rabina on twitter

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