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Councillors pledge to support residents’ fight against cladding scandal

October 8, 2021 1:28 PM

cladding building trapped

The Progressive Alliance on Milton Keynes Council will address the cladding scandal, which is affecting thousands of local people, at Full Council this month.

There are high rise residential buildings across MK, particularly in the city centre, that have been deemed 'unsafe' due to the type of cladding that has been used.

Residents have reported feeling "trapped" and unable to sell their properties, while also at risk of facing hefty bills for remediation works.

Ben Nolan, Labour Councillor for Central Milton Keynes Ward, will be moving a motion on Fire Safety and Support for Residents on 20th October.

He said: "The Government has set aside £5bn as part of the Building Safety Fund to make high rise buildings safe for millions of concerned residents across the country. This is not anywhere near enough. Independent estimates say it could cost as much as £15bn and we need reassurance that all buildings will be covered by this."

I've been contacted by so many people who are living through awful uncertainty, unable to sell their flats and with no idea if they could be landed with bills running into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Ordinary people have done nothing wrong, and it is unacceptable that they are being left in limbo like this."

Cllr Jenni Ferrans

Cllr Jenni Ferrans

The motion will also highlight the Council's support for the Justice4Grenfell campaign, the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign, and support residents in their fight to be protected from unfair costs.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Jenni Ferrans (Monkston Ward) added:

"The Progressive Alliance believes that the current system is flawed. That is why we are requesting the Leader of Milton Keynes Council writes to the new Secretary of State for Housing to highlight our concerns."

Liberal Democrat MPs and particularly Daisy Cooper MP have been fighting hard to support residents who have been affected by the cladding and wider building scandal, and continuing to pursue government ministers to both fix the problems and get the answers that residents deserve.


You can read more about the Liberal Democrat national campaign to help those affected by the cladding scandal (and other building issues!) here https://www.libdems.org.uk/leaseholders-conservative-inaction