British government lets Grenfell survivors down


This video from London, England says about itself:

Grime artist AJ Tracey on Grenfell Tower fire: ‘We’ve seen no government response

19 June 2017

AJ Tracey and his brother Mickey, who live close to Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, London, say they have witnessed no help from central or local government in response to the disaster. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, they tell Iman Amrani the community has pulled together and ‘acted as a family’ for the victims.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Survivors still let down 6 months on

Monday 11th December 2017

Labour demands action from government to address its failings.

LABOUR is demanding answers and action from the government, six months on from the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Jeremy Corbyn accused the government today of failing the survivors, and branded it a disgrace that the majority of residents have still not been properly housed.

The Labour leader said: “Six months on from the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, the government is failing to learn its lessons and, more importantly, failing the survivors.

“It is a disgrace that the majority of Grenfell residents have still not been given homes and that tower blocks across our country have still not been made safe. We need answers from the government and we need action.”

Shadow housing secretary John Healey has written to the Prime Minister, urging her to address several areas of failure including rehousing, testing of other blocks and funding.

The calls came as Britain’s human rights watchdog announced that it will conduct a review into the conduct of the government and Kensington and Chelsea Council before and after the fire.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has pledged to ensure that any critical shortcomings are not “overlooked” in its probe into the deadly fire which killed 71 people on June 14.

Its intervention comes amid concerns that the separate, judge-led public inquiry may neglect human rights issues.

The watchdog, which has had its budget slashed by the Tories, said: “The Grenfell Tower fire caused catastrophic loss of life for which the state may have been responsible.

“More than 70 people died in homes managed by the state. They should have been safe and they were not.”

The EHRC will consider whether authorities failed in their duty to protect human life after residents’ warnings about fire safety failings were ignored.

It will also look at the council’s obligation under international human rights law to provide “adequate and safe housing”, and will likely take into account the flammable cladding system that was wrapped around the council-owned tower in the months before the fire.

The work, expected to conclude by April, will also review whether tenants received adequate access to justice.

EHRC chair David Isaac said: “From the right to life to the duty to provide adequate housing, there are several areas where the state fell short in its duties to its citizens and these must be properly addressed.”

Grenfell Tower fire: Police considering manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and misconduct charges, hearing told. Jeremy Johnson QC said Scotland Yard was committed to carrying out a ‘thorough’ investigation, which was ‘desperately needed’: here.

London Grenfell disaster survivors deserve justice, singer Adele says


This video about London, England says about itself:

Adele Attends Emotional Vigil For Grenfell Tower Fire in London

15 June 2017

By Marina Fang:

12/04/2017 04:52 pm ET

Adele Calls On Theresa May To Do More To Investigate Deadly London Apartment Fire

The singer has made helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire a personal cause.

Helping victims of a deadly high-rise fire that took place in London over the summer has become a personal matter for Adele. The singer has added her voice to an effort to promote more representation and transparency in the United Kingdom’s investigation into the incident.

Adele asked her fans on Monday to sign a petition in which victims and their families call on British Prime Minister Theresa May “to take urgent action to restore their faith in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.”

“We must keep on talking about what is still not happening,” the singer wrote in a tweet distributing the petition.

Officials in the United Kingdom are investigating circumstances of the fire that killed 71 people, including many low-income immigrants, at a London apartment complex in June.

Victims and their families have protested that the panel conducting the investigation is not representative of the community and has not been transparent about its proceedings, according to the BBC.

Adele, a London native, has continually championed the victims of the fire, including using her recent concert tour to raise money for relief. The singer also attended a vigil less than 24 hours after the fire to comfort victims. She later thanked firefighters for their efforts, having tea with them and bringing them cake. In August, Adele hosted a private screening of the movie “Despicable Me 3” for children who were hurt in the fire.

Grenfell fire families challenge government inquiry cover-up: here.