The Grenfell Inquiry must address the powerlessness social tenants feel

The Grenfell Inquiry must address the powerlessness social tenants feel

All too often social housing residents tell us that they feel like second-class citizens.

The Grenfell fire was the most horrifying reminder in generations of the stark injustice of our housing crisis.

It quickly became obvious that the disaster was the result of such enormous failings that we would need an inquiry to address to how on earth this could have been allowed to happen.

Fire experts said the building had burnt in a way no well-constructed high rise should have done, and the fact that landlords had outright ignored the safety concerns of Grenfell residents quickly came to the fore.

Ensuring the right lessons are learned is absolutely crucial to making sure that not only can nothing like this happen again, but that it acts as a wake-up call that the wider housing crisis cannot continue.

With the terms of the Grenfell inquiry announced today, it’s heartening to hear it will cover not just the technical question of how the fire started and spread, but the building’s refurbishment and the relationship between residents and the local authority.

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