June 14, 2018

One year since the Grenfell inferno

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) One year ago, the worst high-rise fire in British history in Grenfell Tower cost the lives of 72 people. What took place in the early hours of June 14, 2017 was social murder. This was the term first coined by Frederick Engels in his famous study, The Condition of the Working Class in …

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November 22, 2017

Fire services cut to the bone

Decades of deregulation and cuts have gutted London’s fire service, dramatically reducing its capacity to cope with large disasters and increasing response times. Thirteen fire engines and at least six stations have been shut down since 1987 (according to recent Fire Brigade Union figures), the year of the King’s Cross tube station fire, London’s worst in living memory before the …

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November 14, 2017

Majority of Grenfell survivors still in temporary accommodation

The tragedy of Grenfell continues, with survivors still mostly housed in hotels and other forms of temporary accommodation five months after the fire. Only 26 of 203 are currently living in permanent homes. In addition, the Conservative government has admitted that more than half of former residents of the tower and nearby Grenfell Walk are still living in emergency accommodation. …

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November 13, 2017

Thousands mentally scarred by Grenfell inferno

Severe mental health issues are affecting thousands of inhabitants of the Grenfell area and others scarred by the tragedy. The public health response is the largest of its kind in Europe. Doctors estimate that over 11,000 people in the north Kensington community have been traumatised, although not all will seek treatment. Around 1,300 people have been seen so far regarding …

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November 12, 2017

Cover up over Grenfell Fire failings continues

By our reporter New documents have been released that expose historic negligence of the body responsible for managing Grenfell tower. Documents recently made public after a campaign by residents show a neglect of health and safety with respect to recommendations made by Capita Symonds. The evidence in the independent report that the been repressed for 12 years stated that “torches …

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