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Building Safety Crisis
Millions of innocent leaseholders and their families in the UK - ordinary people like you and me - go to sleep each night in homes at high risk of fire. Over 5 years on from the Grenfell tragedy and buildings are still covered in dangerous materials. No wonder then, that 90% of affected leaseholders have reported a deterioration in their mental health. Many of us have faced huge bills and are unable to sell or remortgage our homes.
All because our homes were not built to be safe from fire.
Funding provided by the Government to date is nowhere near enough - they have turned their back on us. And the developers, who built - and profited from - our homes, are not taking any responsibility.
None of these failings are the fault of leaseholders. The strain this is having on our mental health is immense. We’re feeling angry, hopeless, helpless and trapped. We urgently need to raise awareness of this huge injustice that is happening in the UK right now.
Please will you stand with us today and help us fight for our homes and our lives?
Here’s how your donations could help:
- £10 can help with things like our mailchimp subscription
- £30 could help fund paid ads on social media, to help raise public awareness of this issue, forcing the Government and developers to take responsibility
- £50 could help pay for banners used at protests
All donations to this crowd funder will go towards helping raise awareness of our situation, and forcing developers and Government to take responsibility for their regulatory failure and corporate greed. We will contribute 5% of funds to the Grenfell foundation, in recognition of the tragic fire in 2017 which took the lives of 72 innocent people.
The story so far
Following the Grenfell tragedy, it has become clear that thousands of residential buildings have been built with a plethora of fire safety defects that include - but go well beyond - dangerous cladding, with many failing to have even met regulations at the time of construction.
Facing remediation huge bills, leaseholders and campaign groups, including UKCAG, have lobbied for change to fix what is an estimated £15bn problem. To date just £5.1 billion has been made available to remediate buildings over 18m with some forms of dangerous cladding.
For many leaseholders, little has changed despite funding announcements. This is firstly because the pace of such works across the UK has been extremely slow and matters have been made worse by raised insurance, waking watch and fire alarm costs.
Some of the issues residents are facing:
Who are we
The UK Cladding Action Group (UKCAG), formed in March 2019, was born out of a collective frustration at the Government’s inaction after the tragic fire at Grenfell. Its three founders; Ritu Saha, Rachel Loudain and Will Martin each live in dangerous buildings across the UK and wished to unite leaseholders nationally to call for change from the Government. We also help run the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign which we co-founded alongside Manchester Cladiators and Inside Housing.
UKCAG is run entirely by volunteers who are running this campaign for justice and change while holding down full time jobs. Keeping this issue in the public eye and helping residents just like us is hugely time consuming, and we’ve spent every free moment fighting for justice and recognition for affected leaseholders across the country.
Here are some of our latest reports we’ve produced on the impact of the Building Safety Crisis on leaseholders.
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