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For some people in high-rise blocks, the nightmare continues

14 May, 2021

The Grenfell Tower disaster claimed 72 lives in June 2017

• THIS week’s tragic news that another high-rise block with Grenfell Tower-style cladding has caught fire causing multiple injuries underlines the failure of the Conservative government to take effective action against those responsible.

Smoke spread across at least six floors of the east London block. Two men were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

A further 38 adults and four children were treated at the scene by crews from the London Ambulance Service. One firefighter was injured.

For residents in some high-rise blocks in Paddington Basin the nightmare continues, despite work finally starting to remove the dangerous cladding.

Leaseholders face crippling bills to pay for the cost of rectifying the building failures, none of which was their fault. The lives of many Paddington Basin leaseholders have been badly affected.

Residents are concerned about their safety and their financial futures. Many have seen the dream of home ownership destroyed.

The government and Westminster City Council has chosen to deny the full scale of the Grenfell building safety crisis. They have treated leaseholders with contempt because they are a relatively small percentage of the population.

Yet the misery and the fear continues for many. It is time for the government to finally make those responsible for this major building safety crisis pay to put it right.

Labour, Queen’s Park ward
City Hall, Victoria Street, SW1


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