Housing Secretary Michael Gove questioned why flat owners should pay anything to have dangerous cladding removed from their buildings. “I am still unhappy with the principle that leaseholders must pay at all, regardless of how effective a scheme is in capping their costs or not hitting too hard at them at one time. “My question is why they have to pay at any cost?”
He said. “I think there have also been some organizations and individuals who, rather than being part of the solution, saw an opportunity to make their own money. “The housing secretary also criticised developers, saying there were questions from the Grenfell inquiry as to whether they had knowingly put “cost reduction ahead of safety”.