The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised the Welsh Labour Government over their ‘silence’ after a raft of measures to assist cladding and fire safety victims in England were announced.
This comes after Swansea Labour voted down a new support hub to help hundreds of residents in Swansea Waterfront facing the costs of the fire safety scandal.
This month, thirty-five of the biggest property developers in the UK agreed to pay £5 billion towards fire safety remediation costs in England. The move came after the UK Government warned those who do not sign up for the voluntary pledge could be banned from carrying out new construction projects in England. The Welsh Government has yet to make any statement following the announcement.
However, a number of the companies which also operate in Wales have failed to pay out towards remediation costs within Wales. Campaign group Ripped Off By Redrow has highlighted how developer Redrow has signed up to pay towards remediation in England but not towards its affected properties in Wales.
Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:
“Labour cannot continue to remain silent on this issue. If the UK Government can force developers to the table in England, there is no reason why the Welsh Government cannot do the same."
“It is simply not acceptable we could be left in the perverse situation where property developers agree to pay towards remediation costs on their properties in England, but not on their properties in Wales."
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are fighting hard to make sure those affected are properly supported. In addition to the Welsh Lib Dem Leader, Jane Dodds MS holding the Welsh Labour Government to account. In Swansea, the Liberal Democrats have pushed the council for support to be put in place.
Welsh Lib Dem candidate for Waterfront Sam Bennet said:
"I was thoroughly disappointed to see the Labour Council vote down our amendment to the council budget to create an advice hub for those affected by the building safety scandal. To now to hear that the Welsh Labour Goverment are ‘silence’ after a raft of measures to assist cladding and fire safety victims in England were announced, will come as a kick in the teeth to those residents of Waterfront who have found themselves stuck in limbo and facing huge bills, to put someone else's error right."