Cladding costs to be addressed to MPs by industry bodies

Inquiry into Michael Gove’s £4bn cladding funding plan kicks off with evidence sessions this week

Major housing and construction bodies will address MPs this week as an inquiry into Michael Gove’s £4bn cladding remediation levy plan gets underway.

The cross-party levelling up, housing and communities committee is investigating the housing secretary’s contentious plan to force developers into paying for remediation of blocks between 11 and 18 metres in height.

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Evidence will be heard from witnesses at two sessions this week.

From 4pm today the committee will question David O’Leary, policy director at the Homes Builders Federation, John Mulyran, group managing director at Ballymore and Peter Caplehorn, chief executive of the Construction Products Association (see box below).

On Wednesday, MPs will hear from bodies representing insurers, lenders and housing associations, including the National Housing Federation and G15.

Industry figures have questioned the fairness of house builders shouldering the cost burden. Others have questioned whether Gove’s threats4bn to restrict grant funding, use planning powers and pursue developers through the courts if they do not pay would work in practice.

Gove last week wrote to the CPA warning cladding manufacturers must also pay or face a ban on trading in the United Kingdom.

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