Thursday 15 August 2019 / 1:56 PM Housing / Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones responds to news that Grenfell survivors have been rehoused in unsafe buildings

Sarah Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Housing, commenting on today’s news that Grenfell survivors have been rehoused in unsafe buildings, said:

“This is yet another example of how neither the Conservative Government nor Kensington and Chelsea Council have learned the lessons from the Grenfell tragedy. No-one should be living in unsafe buildings, but of all people, putting Grenfell survivors at risk of another fire is reprehensible.

“Two years after Grenfell, 60,000 people are still living in tower blocks with deadly cladding, 95% of council blocks still don’t have sprinklers, and countless more could be at risk because the Government has failed to do safety checks on most tower blocks.

“Labour has pledged a £1 billion Fire Safety Fund to finance vital safety work and retrofit sprinklers in high-rise social housing blocks. Ministers have ignored our calls for action, as they ignored years of warnings pre-Grenfell. The Tories cannot be trusted to keep people safe in their homes.”