Hina Bokhari AM has written to the Mayor of London to urge him to act on the cladding scandal after the London Assembly backed the Liberal Democrats' motion on fire safety.
Hina wrote: "As the most powerful directly elected politician in the country you have an opportunity to not only shine a light on this crisis and lobby Government, but also to set an example on how we should be treating those affected by this scandal through using all the powers and levers at your disposal to take action."
The letter in full:
The Cladding and Fire Safety Scandal – Action from City Hall
London is facing the brunt of the cladding and fire safety scandal and we must do all we can to listen and act on the issues leaseholders and tenants affected are raising with us. London can lead the way in pushing for real change, and the Liberal Democrats think you can and must do more.
We both agree that the Government needs to do more to address the cladding and fire safety scandal, and we must continue to work together to keep pushing for the comprehensive action needed from Government. However, I am writing to push you to use your extensive levers and powers to take action that will practically support those affected by this scandal, many of whom are trapped in their homes and being forced to pay extortionate and unacceptable costs.
You will be aware that last week the London Assembly passed the Liberal Democrat motion calling on you to take four key actions in relation to the scandal, which were to:
- implement a clear policy of not working with or funding developers or housing associations that have not taken action to support leaseholders in existing stock they own or have built;
- establish a fire safety victims support hub, which would provide both mental health and practical advice to leaseholders affected by the cladding and fire safety crisis in London;
- trial a public fire safety risk assessment register in London for residential properties, like those used for Energy Performance Certificates, so that prospective buyers or renters can see the fire safety rating of any potential home; and
- take every step to ensure applicants to both the Building Safety Fund and the Waking Watch Relief Fund hear back from the GLA regarding their applications as soon as practicable.
It is the view of the majority of Assembly Members that these are all practical steps you can take here from City Hall that will help leaseholders and tenants caught up in this scandal and we urge you to begin work on implementing each of these proposals at the earliest opportunity.
As the most powerful directly elected politician in the country you have an opportunity to not only shine a light on this crisis and lobby Government, but also to set an example on how we should be treating those affected by this scandal through using all the powers and levers at your disposal to take action.
I look forward to your response.
Hina Bokhari AM Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member