I was pleased to take part in a Westminster Hall debate on the impact of remediation work on leaseholders in high rise buildings. I meet regularly with leaseholders caught up in the building safety crisis, so I have been able to keep up to date with each stage of the crisis – including the remediation works needed to fix the cladding and safety problems in many buildings.
In today’s debate I highlighted the plight of leaseholders in Mandale House, some of whom are facing up to two and a half years without access to balconies, windows and therefore any natural light or ventilation. I talked about impact that forcing owners to pay for this work, which will significantly lower the quality of their lives, will have on their mental health after all the trauma they have already faced, drawing on a report by Dr Jenny Preece of the University of Sheffield.
I also noted how so many people have had to put their life on hold through no choice of their own. From couples unable to start a family, to those having to turn down career opportunities or people losing retirement funds. This crisis is unfairly impacting people at all stages of their life and I will continue to call on the Government to fix the buildings and then use the full resources of the state to recover costs from those responsible.
Watch my speech below or read it here.
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