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Why Robert Jenrick’s £3.5bn cladding plan fails leaseholders

The politics behind the Housing Secretary's disastrous plan to solve the cladding crisis.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced a £3.5bn fund to fix dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings in England. This falls short of the £15bn recommended by a committee of MPs in 2020, and excludes many of the millions of leaseholders affected by the cladding crisis that followed the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 and resultant inquiry.

On this episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the politics behind Jenrick’s pledge, then, in You Ask Us, they tackle a listener question about why the Liberal Democrats are lagging behind the Greens in current polling.

Further reading

Anoosh writes that Robert Jenrick’s narrow cladding plans are “a betrayal” of Tory MPs and leaseholders alike.

Tory MP Royston Smith argues that the government is not doing enough for cladding crisis victims

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