Hanover House, a residential tower block in Sheffield, with its cladding partially removed after failing fire safety tests following the Grenfell fire.

Survivors and survivors of London’s Grenfell Tower disaster have condemned the UK government’s “indefensible” fire safety law which makes hundreds of thousands of tenants pay to remove hazardous cladding from their buildings.

The legislation, brought in to respond to the fatal fire of 2017, is set to become law after a recent attempt to change it was defeated in the House of Lords on Wednesday night.

Even though the government had insisted that tenants would not bear the cost of disposal of the combustible material, critics say the bill leaves people liable for costs of up to £50.000.

In a statement issued after the vote Grenfell United said: ‘We’re deeply disappointed that ministers have broken their promises to leaseholders who have done absolutely nothing wrong. The Government’s position on this is indefensible.

Emma Byrne, spokesperson for another campaign group, End Our Cladding Scandal, said: “The Government has fought hard against amendments put forward to save leaseholders from widespread bankruptcy and financial ruin caused by bad regulations, corporate malfeasance and shoddy building work.

Housing Minister Mr Pincher had previously stated: ‘The Fire Safety Bill is an important first step in our legislative programme delivering these recommendations and I cannot stress enough … the vital importance of this legislation and the ramifications if it fails as a result of outstanding remediation amendments.’

Grenfell Tower

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Grenfell Tower is a derelict 24-storey residential tower block in North Kensington in London, England, the remains of which are still standing following a severe fire in June 2017. (wikipedia)

Grenfell Tower fire

On 14 June 2017, a fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London, at 00:54 BST; it caused 72 deaths, (wikipedia)

Robert Jenrick

Robert Edward Jenrick is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government since 2019. (wikipedia)

Aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire

On 14 June 2017, the Grenfell Tower fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London, at 00:54 BST; it caused 72 deaths, (wikipedia)

Grenfell United

Grenfell United is a pressure group made up of the families of victims and survivors of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. The first formal meeting of Grenfell United took place on Saturday 24 June 2017. (wikipedia)