Since the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, Fuel Poverty Action has been working on the issue of Cladding and Insulation. Since then, the government has promised to “fully fund” the replacement of cladding in social housing blocks which is a great step forwards, but there’s still a huge amount of work to be done. For this reason we’ve worded a new open letter to the Secretary of State, to be delivered later this year. You can read (and sign) the letter here.
The work to replace the cladding is being monitored in the governments ‘Building Safety Programme’. They’re publishing monthly updates on the progress of the program here – the headline figures from September 2018 are:
- Number of buildings not meeting current building regulations: 468
- Number of these that are social sector buildings: 159
- Number of social sector buildings where remediation work has finished: 22
- Number of social sector buildings where remediation work has started: 99 (70%)
- The remaining 38 have ‘plans in place for remediation’
On this page you can find a summary of all the work we’ve done on this topic, as well as links to pieces that have been written about it in the media.
Cladding: A National Emergency – FPA Briefing
This briefing brings together all of the research we’ve done on cladding, covering the following topics:
- The scale of the cladding crisis
- How many buildings currently fail to meet building safety regulations regulations. Case studies of buildings that have had cladding removed post Grenfell.
- Illness and death caused by unsafe buildings (from cold and fire)
- A timeline of building regulation changes leading up to Grenfell
- Private interests over public safety – details of companies profiting from unsafe housing
- What the government is (and isn’t) doing post Grenfell
- Conclusion and demands by residents and Fuel Poverty Action
- Quotes from public figures and residents living in affected housing.
Fuel Poverty Action in the media
Public Meeting on housing safety post Grenfell
On January 18th 2018, Fuel Poverty Action hosted an evening of discussion about the cold, fear and poor living conditions faced by residents of many housing estates in the wake of Grenfell. You can read the full report of the discussions that took place in the meeting here.
Other work by FPA
- Fire Safety – Fuel Poverty Action Report (October 2017)
- A letter sent to Claire Perry, Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – ‘Dying from cold and fire – because standards are not enforced’
- Claire Perry’s reply
- Cladding & Insulation Demands.
- When the facade comes off.
Ruth from FPA speaking about winter deaths and cladding on the BBC
Resources from around the web
Whilst researching this topic, we’ve found a number of invaluable news articles, government reports and blog posts. The ones we found particularly useful are included below. We aim to keep this document up to date with any new things that we find.
What can I do?
The best time to get cladding replaced is now, before next winter!
- Promote the campaign: Share the Petition, the Video, and the Demands.
- If you are directly affected by these issues, get in touch!
- Donate: Fuel Poverty Action is unfunded. A donation from last year has sustained us but will shortly run out. If you want the campaign to continue, for protection from fire and cold, please donate here- with a button.
FPA also want your help with organising this campaign. Please get in touch! We need help with:
- Contacting residents and residents associations in affected tower blocks
- Organising events, demonstrations, direct actions
- Fundraising – much needed and also a good way to spread the word
- Promoting the campaign through trade unions and student unions
- Enlisting the support of prominent individuals
- Lobbying local government and Parliament. Write to your MP, and please send us a copy.
- Contributing to our research on the causes of this disaster
For more on this campaign see our parliamentary briefing, Vice article with social housing residents’ experience, and more here.