OPINION - The Leader podcast: What new government plans mean for the cladding crisis

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  • Michael Gove
    British politician (born 1967)
Workmen remove the cladding from the facade of a block of flats in Paddington, north London (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)
Workmen remove the cladding from the facade of a block of flats in Paddington, north London (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)

Almost five years on from Grenfell, thousands of residents are still living in unsafe buildings but there’s finally some hope for those impacted by the ongoing cladding crisis.

The Housing Minister, Michael Gove, says developers must agree to a £4 billion plan to fix dangerous cladding on low-rise flats by early March or risk new laws forcing them to act. However, is this enough to solve the crisis?

The Evening Standard’s political reporter, Rachael Burford, explains what exactly the plans mean, how they could help and what happens next.

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