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Campaigners issue 10 point plan to Government over fire safety crisis

Campaigners have teamed up with the Sunday Times and Inside Housing to put pressure on government over the ongoing fire safety crisis in the country. 

Over three years since the fire at Grenfell Tower, the campaigners are warning that there could be a fire at any moment, and the blood would be on their hands.

In a letter to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, they demand to meet him before the end of October, as communications have been non-existent so far.

They say: "As the building safety crisis continues to deepen, we are concerned — and quite frankly appalled — that you have failed to respond to requests to meet personally to discuss how this can be solved."

"No one type of person is affected," the letter goes on to say, emphasising that pensioners down to 20-year-olds are being caught up in this crisis. 

The groups say that 700,000 residents are living in flats with unsafe cladding with nine in ten blocks being marked down as unsafe. 

The ten point plan to solve the crisis, as set out by the campaigners, is:

  1. The government must lead an urgent national effort to remove all dangerous cladding by June 2020
  2. The Building Safety Fund must cover all buildings, regardless of height, and a range of internal and external fire safety defects, not just cladding
  3. The government should provide the money up front, and then seek to recover it from any responsible parties or via a temporary levy on development
  4. Social Housing providers must have full and equal access to the Building Safety Fund
  5. The Government must compel building owners or managers to be honest with residents about fire safety defects
  6. The government should cover the cost of interim fire safety measures
  7. The Government should act as an insurer of last resort and underwrite insurance where premiums have soared
  8. A fairer, faster process is needed to replace EWS1 and funding is necessary to ensure all building requiring a form are surveyed within 12 months
  9. Mental health support must be offered to affected residents
  10. Protecting residents from historic and future costs must be a key commitment of new building safety legislation