Developers’ pledge won’t solve the building safety crisis – protest 20 April

UK Cladding Action Group call on campaigners to rally at Westminster when the Building Safety Bill goes back to the Commons

Five years after the Grenfell fire and we are no closer to a comprehensive solution to guarantee fire safety to all residents in affected blocks. And it still seems unclear exactly who will be funding remediation in many cases. This is despite the pledge developers have made to fund repairs in buildings over 11m high. This pledge is a product of the campaigning pressure of the Grenfell impacted community, leaseholder campaigns such as UK Cladding Action Group and Action for Fire Safety Justice and trade unions, particularly FBU. Homes for All has been proud to support them over the years. It’s no accident that this pledge comes just days before campaigners are due to protest again.

But whatever the Government says, and whatever Secretary of State for so-called levelling up Michael Gove wants people to believe, this pledge, and the proposed Building Safety Bill is yet another piecemeal solution for some people, at best. UKCAG explains what’s happening here. Bankruptcies and years of living in unsafe housing are set to continue for many.

This is why everyone needs to support the protest on Wednesday 20 April at 1pm in Westminster. It seems likely that following months of talks and lobbying with MPs and government ministers, the movement will have to return to the streets in a major way. This is needed to force the government to legislate to protect all leaseholders from costs and make all buildings safe. As Action for Fire Safety Justice has proved, a developer can be forced to take full responsibility for remediation if the campaign to make them do so is active enough and visible enough. We stand in solidarity with all those fighting back.

Building Safety Crisis Day of Action, 30 October, keeps up pressure on government

Action for Fire Safety Justice protest at City Hall 30 October 2021

The Tories re-announced their ‘solution’ to the building safety crisis in the Budget last week, a £5bn fund to tackle fire safety remediation. Of course this money is a fraction of the £5 – £50bn that remediation is expected to cost. This was accompanied, as usual, by warm words about how leaseholders should not have to pay. If they thought they could put a dampener on the planned protests on Saturday, they were very wrong. There were eight protests and seven of them were live streamed into the Building Safety Crisis rally online. We were delighted to support the protests in person and by providing the tech support.

We heard, a couple of days before the day of action that Michael Gove had called leaseholders in for a meeting. Michael Gove is the Secretary of State for Levelling Up (sic), Housing and Communities. We think there is little doubt that the publicity around the upcoming protests played a role in his decision to meet leaseholders. Following the protests we are reliably informed that there is more interest in the press and parliament for a real solution – the Polluter Pays Bill.

Solidarity to all those fighting back!

Watch the Online Rally On YouTube On Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Homes4AllUK/videos/570884867514185 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7HBXYRrtIQ&t=1745s

We demanded that the Government makes Developers pay! The costs to fix fire safety issues should not fall on tenants or leaseholders.
Speakers were: Chloe Waite, Action for Fire Safety Justice Tanya Murat, Homes For All Jenni Garrett, End Our Cladding Scandal Matt Wrack, FBU Georgie Hume, CLADDAG Chair, Moyra Samuels, Grenfell Campaigner
Protests featured at the online rally were: ⁕ London City Hal l⁕ Abbey Quays Barking ⁕ Upton Park ⁕ Ipswich Waterfront ⁕ Stotfold ⁕ Bristol City Hall ⁕ Strasbourg European Court of Human Rights

REPORT: This ITV report is a good example of the coverage we received.

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2021-10-30/the-costs-could-bankrupt-me-cladding-victims-plead-for-government-support

Protests, 30 October 2021

Barking – Weston Homes
Bristol City Hall
London City Hall
London City Hall
Ipswich Waterfront
Milton Keynes – Crest Nicholson
Stotfold – Linden Homes
Upton Park – Barratt
How one leasholder re-imagined Michael Gove

Join us to mark the 4th anniversary of the Grenfell fire

Local actions. If you know of any others taking place, please email or tweet @Homes4AllUK

Southwark Grenfell 4 Years Anniversary Vigil 6:30pm – 7pm Elephant Park marketing suite (Lendlease) https://fb.me/e/gbI6M0KT7

Haringey Grenfell Solidarity Vigil 18.30 at Haringey Civic Centre https://twitter.com/partridgebirdie/status/1404208676739719172?s=20 https://www.facebook.com/HDCHpage/

Manchester 12:30 – 13:00 St Peter’s Sq / Manchester Central Libraryhttps://twitter.com/McrClad…/status/1403673350451478534…

Liverpool Supporting Grenfell vigil St Lukes Bombed Out Church 6pm https://twitter.com/CllrAnn…/status/1403094500583542786…

Barking Grenfell Vigil 6:30pm – 7pm Samuel Garside House (grassy patch outside)Barking Riverside https://twitter.com/Doge977…/status/1403106456136830982…

Tower Hamlets Remember the Grenfell 72 5.30pm St John’s Church, 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA https://www.facebook.com/events/168398331966069?ref=newsfeed

Milton Keynes, 6pm, Council Offices near the Library https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10225957248901474&id=1342452975

On Monday 14th June, Homes for All is calling for supporters to remember the 72 lives lost and to stand in solidarity with the survivors and bereaved of the Grenfell fire. This must never happen again.

We are asking people to join their friends, workmates, family and neighbours. Make a placard using the slogans below and bring a candle.

Where? Your protest or vigil could be at work, after college, at a developers’ showroom or town hall. It’s up to you.

The important thing is to come together, discuss how we can achieve our demands for justice and have a visible show of solidarity. Take photos and post them on social media.

#JusticeForGrenfell #DecentAndSafeHomesForAll #PeopleBeforeProfit

If you live near North Kensington please join the silent walk organised by Grenfell United.

Grenfell Silent Walk
Notting Hill Methodist Church

240 Lancaster Road, London W11 4AH
6.40pm, 14th June 2021