Our current call to action
We call for:
- The government to remove all cladding and insulation which promotes fire growth from all buildings (following Grenfell disaster).
- An end to moving people out of borough i.e. away from schools, family, friends, support.
- Properly designated areas of social housing which work for communities and do not demean people.
- An expansion of social housing with associated FUNDING. A realization that the government has been deliberately cutting funding for many years, as a means of social policy. Bluntly put, give them right to buy, and watch them vote Conservative. And to hell with the consequences.
- Clamp down, by legislation if necessary, on Section 106 payments, which are being used so that Councils avoid their obligation to provide social housing.
- Address the whole issue of proper regulation of fire prevention giving architects and fire departments more time and resources to do their part. [read the article, referenced in the list on the right, Architects know Grenfell Tower was an avoidable tragedy : quote : "Building control departments in councils have been left toothless and eviscerated, while the authority of fire officers and architects has been weakened in favour of profit. Look where that has got us."
- In 1980, when Right to Buy was introduced, social housing represented 42% of the housing market. In 2017 it was 8%. We now know the results of this.
- Promote debate and uncover the truth, as opposed to making policy out of slogans that sound good. We deserve more than "slogan policy", or "newsbite policy".
- Address the issue of road pollution near primary schools. Yes, it will take money and cooperation from local people. Electric vehicles, yes please.
- At the present moment, the Inquiry looks like it will have a narrow remit, ie what caused the fire, and what remedial action can be taken. The government does not want a wider inquiry, that would look at, for instance, the deliberate running down of social housing, that would look at the reasons for the indifference shown to the concerns of the Grenfell tower residents, that would ask questions as to why funding for Law Centres has been cut. As the government has the funding to set up a Public Inquiry, we can see how government, representing the rich and influential, manages to exert control over the debate, over the marginalised in society. Oh, Parliament is going to vote for funding to set up a wide ranging Public Inquiry ? You're having a laugh . . .