The Manc - Homeowners trapped in unsafe buildings demand action in emergency meeting with MP"

Homeowners trapped in unsafe buildings demand action in emergency meeting with MP

Manchester Cladiators

A group of Manchester residents has demanded parliament to find a solution as their buildings remain plagued by dangerous cladding. 

Flat owners in Ancoats' Albion Works said they "felt like prisoners in their own homes" when their complex was found to have failed fire safety requirements - with residents told to pay for renovations out of their own pocket.

The apartments are essentially unsellable until the necessary repairs are made.

Campaign group Manchester Cladiators held an emergency meeting with Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government Robert Jenrick this week to voice their concerns.

In a statement of response on Twitter, the Cladiators confirmed that "under no circumstances would a loan repayment scheme be appropriate."

They also articulated the desperation of leaseholders, who have been quoted as having "never felt depression and despair like this".

Jenkins confirmed the complaints had been heard and said that subsequent meetings would follow.

Campaigners have also sent a letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak - asking for a building safety fund to support residents in compromised housing.

The first crucial step towards action has now been taken, with the Cladiators successfully pricking the government's ears.

It remains to be seen how parliament will respond to a growing crisis, and whilst the fight is only just beginning, it's clear the Cladiators are not going away anytime soon.

"We will not be silenced" is their rallying cry.

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