Clause 125 - Duties relating to work to dwellings etc

Part of Building Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 21st October 2021.

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Photo of Ian Byrne Ian Byrne Labour, Liverpool, West Derby 12:00 pm, 21st October 2021

On the ability of a leaseholder to bring a civil claim against a contractor, there is a real fear about the ability of David to challenge Goliath. In our discussions on the Bill, we have talked a lot about cultural change and historical problems and what is required. I am listening to what the Minister says, but once again my great fear is that unless the provisions can be outlined in terms, how can David challenge Goliath? Will leaseholders get legal aid to challenge contractors? Will there be a level playing field for people who want to bring civil cases against contractors? Historically, as Opposition Members have outlined, many people have been dragged into the realms of the law, and have basically had to devote their life to challenging unfair decisions.