This week the Government failed to protect leaseholders from bankrupting cladding costs in the Fire Safety Bill. The cladding scandal is the biggest consumer and fire safety failure in a generation. I challenged the Government on this in my speech at the debate (see the video here and the transcript here).
The Fire Safety Bill will now return to the House of Lords, although the chances of successfully amending this bill to protect leaseholders are diminishing. But there is a further bill, the Building Safety Bill, that is expected to be introduced later in the year. I will continue pressing the case for leaseholders.
The Public Accounts Committee looked at support for those shielding from COVID and the quality of accommodation for our armed forces. This is the same accommodation that is being used to house some asylum seekers, with one Minister describing it as "good enough for our armed forces, so good enough for asylum seekers." But our enquiries have shown some of this accommodation isn't fit for anybody to live in. See here to watch a recording of the hearing and see here to watch the hearing on support for those shielding from COVID.
And the PM announced the Government's roadmap out of lockdown, with schools returning on 8 March. See here to read the detail behind the Government’s announcement, see here for further details about the current lockdown restrictions, and see here for the latest COVID-19 data in Hackney.