Grenfell Tower fire: MPs attack Kensington council for failure to spend £270m reserves on housing

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Grenfell Tower fire: MPs attack Kensington council for failure to spend £270m reserves on housing

Post by Sassy on Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:43 am

Exclusive: ‘If some of this money was spent on sprinkler systems and non-flammable cladding we wouldn’t be where we are today’

The council responsible for Grenfell Tower, where at least 58 people are now thought to have lost their lives after Wednesday's horrific fire, has been accused of carrying out “unacceptable” financial practises after it emerged the borough had stockpiled £274m of usable reserves following years of chronic underspending.

Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy, whose friend Khadija Saye was killed in the blaze, said very serious questions needed to be asked about why the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) was running a budget surplus despite repeated warnings from residents that the block posed a fire risk.

The shadow Communities Secretary Andrew Gwynne said the council needed to “immediately explain itself” over why the funds were not used to ensure safe housing.

“If some of this money was spent on sprinkler systems and non-flammable cladding we wouldn’t be where we are today,” he told The Independent.

More at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-royal-borough-kensington-chelsea-council-stockpiled-274m-despite-warnings-residents-a7795411.html



Bear this in mind when you hear that Council Tax payers (of course not those in receipt of housing benefit) got a rebate on their council tax every year. Here is one person's view of that:






ALSO BEAR IT IN MIND WHEN YOU TAKE IN THE FACT THAT PHILLIP HAMMOND ON MARR TODAY SAID HE THOUGHT THE CLADDING USED WAS BANNED IN THE UK AS WELL AS EUROPE AND USA.
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