‘Leaseholder lottery punishes the innocent in cladding compensation package’

Flat compo is so unfair
Nearly four years on from the Grenfell fire tragedy the Government has finally unveiled plans to remove unsafe cladding.

This was a chance to help millions trapped in potentially dangerous and unsaleable properties through no fault of their own.

But compensation announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick is insufficient and unfair.

Only leaseholders in blocks more than 18 metres high will get support.

Those who live in dwellings just one brick under that height will have to pay for the remedial work through a loan scheme.

A dangerous building is dangerous. Size or height should not be a deciding factor when it comes to receiving financial support.

If the victims of this scandal had bought any other faulty item, the supplier would have to cover the cost of repairing the damage.

This should be the case when it comes to cladding.

Instead of pursuing those responsible for this crisis the Government has created a leaseholder lottery penalising the innocent.

More muddle
If you were planning a summer break you may want to unpack your bags.

Just a few days ago Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he hoped we could enjoy a great British summer.

Yesterday Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said we may not be able to go on holiday at home or abroad. Asked which of them to believe, Boris Johnson gave no clear answer.

The situation with Covid can change fast but that’s no excuse for conflicting messages.

We have been here before over Christmas gatherings. People just want clarity, not having their hopes raised and then dashed.

A paw excuse
Downing Street’s reason to explain why taxpayers are paying to take pictures of Boris Johnson’s dog is just barking.

It claims the photographer is “documenting government business.” To be fair, Dilyn would probably make a better minister than some in the Cabinet. At least he’s house trained.