Government cladding announcement “inadequate” says Plymouth MP

Plymouth MP Luke Pollard has responded to today’s announcement on cladding from the government, calling it “inadequate”.

The Housing Secretary announced today that those who live in low-rise buildings with dangerous cladding will not be eligible for extra cash to fund it’s removal – in a crushing blow to hundreds of leaseholders across Plymouth.

Alongside Plymouth Labour councillors, Mr Pollard has successfully campaigned to remove the flammable cladding on the Mount Wise Tower Blocks. He has also written to Government Ministers to ask for their reassurances that leaseholders are not solely forced to shoulder the burden of the cost of repairs. He has so far received no response.

Luke Pollard, the Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:

“This latest announcement on cladding is wholly inadequate.

“I remain concerned that leaseholders, especially in buildings that aren’t classed as high-rises, will still be liable for considerable costs to make their buildings safe. I am not convinced that this announcement adequately deals with the issues I have raised on behalf of Plymouth residents. 

“I am still awaiting a response from Ministers on how this is going to be addressed. When leaseholders in Plymouth are being faced with bills of tens of thousands of pounds there needs to be a greater urgency from Government to address the whole issues, not just some of it.”

Notes to Editors

  • Luke Pollard MP voted for a Labour motion on Mon 1 Feb that called on the government to provide upfront funding to remove dangerous cladding and protect leaseholders and taxpayers from the cost by pursuing those responsible for the cladding crisis. Plymouth’s Conservative MP’s, Johnny Mercer and Sir Gary Streeter, did not vote for this motion.