Councils have said the Tory government is failing to release funds to improve the fire safety of dozens of tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower disaster despite promising that a lack of financial resources should not stand in the way of essential works. [Read full report on Guardian website...]
Only two families who escaped Grenfell Tower have moved into permanent new homes, despite a firm commitment from Theresa May two days after the fire that everyone would be rehoused within three weeks. Approximately 150 households are still scattered across London in 36 hotels. The hotel bill (excluding meals) already stands at more than £5m.Read more
George Monbiot tells Double Down News: "What happened in Grenfell Tower was murder, mass murder.
"It's 'let's strip away' all the public protections which prevent lots of people from being incinerated.
"There's a whole infrastructure of fake think tanks, of these neoliberal lobby groups, funded by dark money, journalists, columnists in the corporate press, government ministers and advisers, whose whole role in life is to try to destroy public protections. because those public protections limit corporate profits.Read more
The Tory Government has reportedly dropped plans to ease fire safety standards in new schools after the #GrenfellTowerfire, which killed at least 79 people.
The cost-cutting plans being consulted by the Department of Education (DoE) would have removed the requirement for sprinklers to be included in the design of new schools. But the Government has now U-turned on its plans.
A suggestion that "school buildings do not need to be sprinkler protected to achieve a reasonable standard of safety" is to be stripped out of the revised draft guidance, The Observer reported. [Read full article at independent.co.uk...]
Jonathan Pie: "This country spends millions papering over poverty with flammable cladding."... and it's a metaphor for Tory ideology
Jonathan Pie on #ToryBritain: "This country spends millions on social housing. Not building social housing or making it safe, clean and habitable, but where we spend millions papering over poverty with flammable cladding.
"If that isn't a metaphor for what this government's ideology has done to our country, I don't know what is.
"Cladding over poverty, so that posh people simply don't have to look at it. Not in any way improving poor people's lives, just ensuring that posh people don't have to look at shitty houses. Priority #1.Read more
Wealthy living just yards from Grenfell Tower 'were handed a £100 tax rebate because of council savings'
An anonymous letter accused Kensington & Chelsea council chiefs of “giving to the rich, while taking from the poor”.
The resident said they got a note in 2014 saying anyone paying full council tax would get £100 back – thanks to efficiency savings.Read more
Watch video of angry community protests, including shouts of 'coward' and 'get out', as Theresa May departs St Clements church near Grenfell Tower, surrounded by an angry community. Warning: this clip contains profanities and strong language.
Prime Minister David Cameron said in January 2012 that his new year's resolution was to "kill off the health and safety culture for good".
Health and safety legislation has become an "albatross around the neck of British businesses", costing them billions of pounds a year and leaving entrepreneurs in fear of speculative claims, he said.Read more
"The culture of greed, selfishness and narcissism that's been promoted across this country has to change." - North Kensington resident Ishmahil Blagrove
North Kensington resident Ishmahil Blagrove is one of many expressing anger in the aftermath of the West London fire. He talks to Channel 4 News.
Material used in the cladding that covered Grenfell Tower was the cheaper, more flammable version of the two available options, an investigation of the supply chain has confirmed.
Manufacturers Omnis had been asked [by Tory-run Kensington and Chelsea to supply Reynobond PE cladding, which is £2 cheaper per square metre than the alternative Reynobond FR, which stands for “fire resistant” to the companies that worked on refurbishing Grenfell Tower.Read more
The residents of the Grenfell Tower block have been failed and betrayed by the Tory-controlled local council, the new Labour MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, has said, expressing fury at the way Kensington and Chelsea treats its social housing tenants.Read more
A lot of people are questioning why Theresa May refused to meet residents after the Grenfell Tower fire.
Earlier today, the prime minister attended the scene of the west London fire that has claimed at least 17 lives. May met with emergency services, but her visit was ‘private’ so she did not speak with residents or answer questions from journalists.
Given the scale of the devastation, and predictions from London Fire Brigade that the death toll is set to increase significantly, a lot of people are asking why Theresa May couldn’t spare the time to console residents who’ve lost their home or people who have lost loved ones in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
One distraught woman apparently said ‘Theresa May was here but she didn’t speak to any of us. She was sh*t’, according to a Mirror reporter.
Meanwhile Labour Jeremy Corbyn visited St Clements Church, where volunteers have set up a refuge centre after the tragedy. He was seen chatting with and reassuring the community following the Grenfell Tower fire.
Labour has called on the government to answer “some very serious questions” about why it failed to act on coroners’ concerns about two previous tower block fires before the catastrophic blaze at Grenfell Tower.
John Healey, the shadow housing minister, demanded that a government minister come to the Commons for a special statement session on Thursday. “Overnight we have asked the government: get a minister into parliament today, let parliament recognise how serious this tragedy is,” Healey told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.Read more