1. ITV Report

Greater Manchester's political leaders lobby Parliament over "unsafe cladding"

Credit: ITV News

Political leaders from Greater Manchester have called on the government to take action in supporting people living in unsafe high rise buildings.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority said that there are growing concerns from residents of high-rise buildings and they want to make sure that their voices are heard by the government.

In the wake of the Grenfell fire in 2017, the Greater Manchester High Rise Task Force was formed, which holds regular Resident Forums to hear from people living in tower blocks across Greater Manchester.

The Manchester Cladiators are trying to highlight the problems people who live in high-rise buildings face. Credit: ITV News

A report, carried out by the group highlights the significant stress leaseholders face to make their homes safe. Some homeowners report receiving demands of up to £30,000 for the remediation of their homes while others say they are suffering from huge hikes in service charges.

Attending the event at Westminster were members of 'The Manchester Cladiators', a group of residents formed in Greater Manchester to highlight the post-Grenfell plight of many living in high rise buildings.

They said: "The current situation for leaseholders is dire - we are trapped in potentially dangerous buildings, facing huge life-changing bills from building owners while living in flats we cannot sell.

"It is having a significant and very real impact on our mental health. Some residents are facing financially crippling costs of up to £80,000 just to make their homes safe, when it should not be residents who pick up the bill."

Andy Burnham attended the lobby in Westminster. Credit: PA

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: "Every week that the Government fails to act is a week where many will face another bill that they can't afford.

"The Government need to hear their experiences and concerns and support residents by making a package of financial and mental health support available."

City Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, said: "Over two years on from the Grenfell Tower fire, Greater Manchester still has 78 buildings that have adopted interim measures because of significant fire safety deficiencies.

"It is wholly unacceptable that residents are still left 'trapped', many are unable to sell, insure or re-mortgage their homes and are faced with bankrupting bills just to make their homes safe from fire."