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Building safety campaigners call out Welsh government over lack of enforcement plan

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Building safety campaigners have criticised the Welsh government for not adopting UK laws protecting leaseholders.

TheĀ Building Safety Act, which will see developers in England be made to fund repairs like replacing cladding has no enforcement plan according to campaign group the Welsh Cladiators.

The Welsh government said any legislation had to be “appropriate for Wales”.

Giving evidence to the Senedd’s housing committee, Mark Thomas from the Welsh Cladiators – a group that campaigns to highlight problems with cladding and other fire safety defects – said he remained “deeply concerned about the slow rate of progress in Wales”.

“We’re getting tired. How long do we have to endure the 24/7 pressure of this issue before something is actually done to solve what is a relatively minor issue for Wales?”

Mr Thomas a:dded “The Welsh government was handed a solution by the [UK] government. It enjoyed widespread cross-party support in Westminster and was subjected to deep scrutiny.

“Sadly on 16 November the Welsh Labour government voted against fast tracking those provisions into Welsh law.

“We see that as a serious mistake.”

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