Grenfell Never Again: Keep our buildings safe

On 14 June 2017, the fire at Grenfell Tower claimed the lives of 72 people and devastated a close-knit community in the heart of London. Two years on, the bereaved, survivors and residents are still waiting for justice. And two years on, we are still waiting for the lessons from that day to be learned, and acted upon to safeguard all our communities.

Can you help call on the government for action? Working with the Daily Mirror and Grenfell campaigners, the Fire Brigades Union are calling on Communities Secretary James Brokenshire to take five key steps:

1. Remove remaining inflammable cladding from 2,000 tower blocks and public buildings.
2. Retrofit sprinklers in high rises and schools. 
3. Ensure tenants get a real voice in the running and upkeep of their buildings. 
4. Reverse cuts to firefighter numbers and Fire Safety Officers.
5. Create a new independent body to oversee standards in fire service across the country. 
Sign the Petition
James Brokenshire needs to listen and act on the demands of Grenfell campaigners and the Fire Brigades Union.

These five steps are achievable if there is political will to do so, and would make a huge difference in ensuring a fire like the Grenfell Tower tragedy never happens again.

Thanks for all your support,
Anthony, Going to Work

P.S. Once you’ve signed, please share the petition with your friends and family: www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/grenfell-never-again-keep-our-buildings-safe

Building Power: London Renters Union all member assembly

Building Power: London Renters Union all member assembly
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, E1 6LA
11:30am – 4pm, Saturday June 22
Register for free using the form below

To celebrate a year since our public launch, having more than 1,300 members and all that we’ve achieved together so far, we’re holding our first all-member assembly.

💜Meet members of the London Renters Union community from across the city.

🔥Hear from LRU members that have stood up to landlords and estate agents with the union and WON.

🚀Shape our strategy and plans for the coming year.

💡Help create our vision for a housing system that puts people before profit

This not-to-be-missed event is your chance to get more involved in the London Renters Union community and to help shape our plans for the coming year.

Lunch provided. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

We will be running a free, professionally staffed crèche in a community centre next door.

Grenfell Solidarity March

Saturday 15 June, 12 noon
Assemble: Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

72 people dead in the Grenfell Tower fire, many families affected are struggling with mental health issues and the government has failed in its duty to them.
• Many households are still in temporary accommodation
• Phase two of the public Inquiry will begin after a year of delay with no diverse panel members appointed as promised
• No arrests yet and the criminal investigation findings to be passed on to the CPS in 2021
• Permanent exclusions from schools in Kensington and Chelsea above the national average
• 40,000 people still living in tower blocks with deadly Grenfell style cladding
• No arrests yet, despite RBKC and Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organisation being charged with corporate manslaughter
• The soil in the Grenfell area has a high level of toxins from the fire that has direct health effects on the community
• A local council that grossly mismanaged the aftermath of the fire
We call on all who demand justice for Grenfell to join us on the solidarity march.

Tom Copley AM, Right to buy: wrong for London – sign the petition

Right to buy: wrong for London – sign the petition

New research I’ve published today reveals that 42% of homes sold off under Right to Buy in London are now being rented out by private landlords at market rates – up from 36% in 2014.

That’s at least 11,000 more council homes in the hands of private landlords than there were five years ago, a shocking transfer of wealth from the many to the few.

My report also reveals that councils in London are spending at least £22 million a year renting back their former council homes to house homeless families. These were homes they were forced to sell at a discount that they now have to pay market rates to rent back.

This is ludicrous, and the blame lies squarely with Tory government policies.

Many Labour councils across London are building new council homes again for the first time in a generation. But we risk treading water or even going backwards if we continue to lose precious existing homes through Right to Buy.

That’s why I’m asking you to take action by signing this petition demanding that Theresa May ends Right to Buy in London and across England. It’s already been abolished in Scotland and Wales.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

You can read my full report “Right to Buy: Wrong for London” here.

Nearly 300,000 council homes in London have been sold off under Right to Buy since 1980. Let’s tell the government to put a stop to it.

Best wishes,

Tom Copley AM

London Assembly Member | City Hall Labour housing spokesperson

Safe and Secure Homes Summit – December 8th 2018, London

Our Secure and Safe Homes Summit will take place on 8th December from 11am at:

The National Education Union, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

 

This year’s summit will be a day of workshops and talks, with guest speakers and housing campaign groups from across the UK. It will be a space to discuss the continuing housing crisis which a specific focus on the safety of our homes and the secure, safety needs of the homes of the future.

Prospective workshops include:

  • Housing Associations and safety
  • Effective action
  • Universal Credit, arrears and evictions
  • Rents and repairs
  • Private renters
  • Fire safety and tower blocks
  • Trade Unions and Tenants and Residents Associations

More details to follow soon. If you would like to contribute or volunteer on the day or help spread the word, please get in touch.

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