The Westminster government will not follow in the footsteps of Welsh leaders by buying homes affected by dangerous cladding and fire defects, a government minister has confirmed.
Scores of people are facing bankruptcy or homelessness over bills to fix their homes but both the prime minister and housing secretary Michael Gove have said that people will be protected from the post-Grenfell crisis.
Despite those pledges, a solution has still not been found almost five years since the tragic fire. However, the Welsh government announced plans last month to buy a small amount of flats to help leaseholders who have been unable to sell their homes.
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The Westminster government will not be doing the same, the Minister of State for Building Safety and Fire Lord Stephen Greenhalgh told peers on Wednesday.
“I always love a magic bullet but the reality is that the cladding crisis and the building safety crisis in Wales is a fraction of the scale in England,” he said. “It’s just a fact. We aren’t going to solve it through that.
“What we need to have is a greater sense of proportion. We have made this a bigger scandal than it needs to be because too many buildings have been declared unsafe that are perfectly safe and frankly there is an industry profiteering off this and we need to do something about that.”