Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

31 MAY 2018

Cladding and Affordable Housing

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about cladding and affordable housing.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government is of interest:

The Government's recent decision to fund cladding removal will not reduce the number of affordable homes built between now and 2022.

The Government has announced it will meet the costs of remedial cladding work on social housing high rise buildings, estimated at £400 million. With remediation work already begun on 65 per cent of buildings in the social sector identified as having Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding, the Government's funding will speed up this important work. This will help to prevent another tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire from happening again.

While the £400 million will come from the Affordable Homes Programme in the short-term, the Government has been clear that this temporary withdrawal from the fund will be fully reimbursed for the 2021-2022 financial year. This will ensure that no money will be lost from the Affordable Homes Programme, which remains at over £9 billion. As such, the Programme will provide the same number of affordable homes and will continue to build on the Government's success of delivering 357,000 affordable homes since 2010.

This decision will help speed up essential fire safety work on high rise buildings whilst protecting the over £9 billion in funding allocated for affordable homes.

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