The Grenfell fire is the most devastating residential fire in Britain since World War II. On June 14th, 72 people died in the 23 floor storey tower block, following a fire resulting from a faulty appliance. An inquiry into the many failings that led to the disaster was set up after the fire, with the first phase cataloguing a series of mistakes made by the London Fire Brigade. The second phase, due to look at the refurbishment and cladding used on Grenfell, has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
West Kensington and Gibbs Green estate residents say it's 'unbelievable' that they'll get to keep their homes. Here is their story.
After almost nine years in office it’s clear that current Conservative housing policy is not just failing to fix the housing crisis – it’s made it worse
Poorer communities get "locked into" poverty and ill health cycle.
Theresa May Has Promised £2bn For Social Housing - But It Won't Even Come Close To Fixing The Housing Crisis
As housing associations look and act more like private property developers and build fewer and fewer social rented homes, it is easy to see why some say they have lost their ‘social purpose’
Changing our country’s course away from the housing crisis will require a huge effort. Social homes must be at the heart of the change
Theresa May's speech last week put housing in the spotlight. A well-deserved spotlight in my view. It might not have generated as much social media buzz as the Frida Kahlo bracelet or the cough sweet, but social housing did enjoy its share of the limelight.
The government deserves credit for changing its course. It's good news that it is now acting to ease the misery of at least some private renters. If delivered, the new social homes promised will benefit some of the very people Shelter exists to help - those facing bad housing and homelessness.
Someone wittier than I on Twitter pointed out that if Martin Luther King is remembered for 'I had a dream' then the Prime Minister's speech will possibly be remembered as the 'I had a cough' speech. But it will be remembered for something else too. By the end of her speech she had coughed up an extra £2billion for affordable housing.
It should go without saying that Britain is facing its worst housing crisis for decades, if not longer - yet it is also a massive opportunity to radically reform the housing market and put tenants before landlords.