Kick in teeth for Grenfell victims - YEP opinion

FROM: N Bywater, Morley

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 4:45 am
Grenfell Tower. (Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire)

The election result in the Hartlepool by-election was a kick in the teeth for all the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The Johnson government has failed to address the issue of buildings that still have these dangerous insulation panels. It was poor UK building regulation enforcement that allowed the panels to be installed in the first place.

There is also the issue of people that have purchased these affected flats, they will need to foot the bill to make the building safe, instead of the original developers.

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There was a flat fire in London two weeks ago, which had the same cladding. The fire spread through properties over three storeys, trapping residents on smoke-logged balconies before 125 firefighters got the blaze under control.

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