Ask the Gvt. to provide funding to remove dangerous cladding from Pendleton tower blocks

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On Friday 21st September 2018 residents of nine Pendleton tower blocks owned by Salford City Council (SCC) and Managed by Pendleton Together Operating Limited (PTOL) received a letter from SCC advising that the Government have refused permission for SCC to loan PTOL £25m to pay for the removal of ACM cladding similar to that which was largely responsible for the Grenfell Tower disaster. Further to this, the letter advised that the Government have refused PTOL access to a £400m pot of money earmarked to "fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations". This leaves PTOL with no option but to raise the money privately to do the works.

Residents of the nine Pendleton tower blocks have been waiting more than a year to see the material stripped from their homes after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017 identified risks associated with the ACM style cladding and will now experience further delays whilst PTOL tries to raise the funds needed to remove the cladding. In the meantime, residents of the nine tower blocks live in fear of a fire similar to that which cost 72 people their lives in the Grenfell Tower disaster. This is despite Housing Secretary James Brokenshire saying in May 2018 that: "People must always feel safe in their own home. Since the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, we have taken steps to ensure the IMMEDIATE safety of all high rise buildings."

This sustained risk to the lives of residents of the nine Pendleton tower blocks is simply unacceptable.

We the signees therefore petition the Government to reconsider their decision and allow PTOL to either:
A) receive the £25m loan from SCC
B) access a proportion of the £400m the Government set aside to fund the removal of the unsafe material on high-rise social housing buildings