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Grenfell: Suitable, safe, secure?

The Grenfell Tower fire demonstrates that social housing is in crisis. In the aftermath of the disaster, Jayesh Kunwardia considers the challenges facing the survivors and the lawyers representing them

4 July 2017

The horrifying Grenfell Tower fire that has left at least 80 people dead or missing and displaced countless families has shaken the nation. In the days since the disaster, and amid the devastation and loss, there is a palpable sense of anger nationwide.

First, there has been anger and frustration at the government delay in responding to the immediate needs of those affected and the lack of transparency from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) in terms of re-housing survivors in the short and long term, especially in the first week after the disaster.

Second, there has been outrage spilling onto the streets over the history of problems with not only the maintenance of Grenfell Tower but also in relation to building regulations and safety rules that have been left ignored for decades.

Concerns over re-housing

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