Living in fear: Residents say unsafe cladding is affecting their mental health

The managers of Empire View immediately installed a 24 hour fire patrol Credit: ITV Meridian

A couple from Southampton say they're struggling with their mental health - because of where they live. Natasha Letchford and Jake Ellis are in a high rise block - in a building with unsafe cladding.

They say the risk of fire, and the fact the cladding hasn't been replaced, has caused immense stress.

Figures released today from the UK Cladding Action Group say 9 out of 10 residents with combustible cladding believe their mental health has deteriorated, that 23% have had dark thoughts.

It's almost three years to the day since 72 lives were lost in the Grenfell fire. But across the south people are still living in fear.

Residents Natasha Letchford and Jake Ellis say the worry has affected their mental health Credit: ITV Meridian
  • Natasha Letchford, resident at Empire View

The managers of Empire View immediately installed a 24 hour fire patrol, and a new alarm system will be working within weeks.

But there's no set date for work to start on replacement cladding.

The government pledged a total of 1.6 billion But the true costs may be much higher and the price is not only financial

Resident Natasha Letchford says she feels unsafe living in her tower block Credit: ITV Meridian
  • Will Martin, UK Cladding Action Group

The government pledged a total of £1.6 billion to replace all unsafe cladding Credit: ITV Meridian

Empire View building is just 8 years old house and should have been the perfect starter home for a young couple.