Westminster Labour have reacted with anger at the news that Westminster Council’s request for Government support over fire safety measures has been rejected by the Conservative-DUP Government’s Housing Minister Alok Sharma.
The full cost of implementing fire safety measures such as installing sprinklers in taller council blocks across the city and removing dangerous cladding from the towers on the Warwick and Brindley Estates could run up to £20 million. At the moment this will have to be paid out of Westminster Council’s Housing Revenue Account, money generated from Council tenants’ rents and leaseholder service charges. This means that there will be a major impact on the number of new social or affordable homes the Council would be able to build and on its future ability to repair people’s homes.
Westminster Labour Group leader Cllr Adam Hug said: “The Conservative Government have spectacularly failed to respond to the national civil emergency that the fire safety crisis in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. Yet again it will be council tenants and people who desperately need new homes who are left to pay the price of this Tory Government washing their hands of their responsibilities.”