Tuesday 23 February 2021 / 10:30 PM Sarah Jones

Labour calls on Government to act on promises by protecting leaseholders and implementing Grenfell recommendations

Labour is today calling on the Government to finally deliver on the promises it made following the Grenfell tragedy, to protect the public from deadly fires and leaseholders from ruinous costs.

With the Fire Safety Bill back in the Commons on Wednesday, the Government has the opportunity to do the right thing and support amendments that prevent freeholders from passing on fire safety remediation costs to leaseholders. Ministers must also honour their commitment to act on recommendations from Phase One of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Labour says.

Almost four years after the Grenfell fire, and more than a year after the recommendations were published in October 2019, they have still not been implemented despite the Government promising to do so “in full” and “without delay”.

Sarah Jones MP, Shadow Policing and Fire Minister, said,

“This is an opportunity for the Government to finally put the public’s safety first and to deliver on the promises it has made to leaseholders.

“Blameless victims of this crisis, who are living in dangerous homes and facing financial ruin, expect nothing less.

“It is not too late for the Government to put the British public first, do the right thing and act now.”