Statement from Awaab Ishak’s Father, Faisal Abdullah
“We have just finished our meeting with Michael Gove.
I am glad to say that there will now be Awaab’s Law.
We would like to express our thanks to Michael Gove and his team for listening to us and doing the right thing.
My wife and I still struggle to deal with the loss of our son, but we are finally starting to feel like we are being treated fairly.
We hope that Awaab’s Law will help stop any other family going through the pain we have gone through. We would not wish this pain on anybody.
I want to thank my close friends and family who stood by us and offered support. Especially, I want to thank Fasil and Morad who have been with me through every step of this journey.
I also want to thank the Manchester Evening News and Shelter for their support.
Without my legal team we would not have achieved what we have so far.
I want to thank Kelly and Alice from Farleys Solicitors, and my barrister Christian Weaver of Garden Court North Chambers. They got justice for me in court, and helped me campaign too.
Finally, I want to end by thanking the public for helping us get Awaab’s Law. Your support has stopped us feeling alone during this hard time.
Statement from the Legal Team, Kelly Darlington, Partner at Farleys Solicitors LLP and Christian Weaver of Garden Court North Chambers
“We are delighted to see that following the tragic and preventable death of Awaab Ishak, significant and overdue changes will be made in the social housing sector, giving tenants stronger rights to challenge their landlords over health threatening hazards in their home – including damp and mould.
The passing of Awaab’s Law will set time limits for when landlords must act, ensuring that tenants are no longer ignored and enabling tenants to hold landlords to account. While these changes will not bring Awaab back, we are warmed to know that his tragic death has not been in vain.”