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Two years after Grenfell, politicians no longer care about our welfare

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Today marks two years since the Grenfell fire, a predictable (for it was predicted) and, as we now know, completely preventable tragedy. Yet still today thousands of residents of Britain’s tower blocks are sitting in unsafe accommodation.

Despite government promises to remove the dangerous external cladding that allowed fire to travel the full height of the building, consuming the lives of 72 people as it scorched the landmark housing block, there are still 221 similar towers clad in similar materials with work on its removal still yet to start.

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The government is paying £200m to see that dangerous aluminium composite material stripped away from privately-owned developments. It’s the least we can expect from the government that has stripped so many tenants – whether in social housing, private rent or even leasehold owners – of the trappings of security. Of a home.

The fact that it has taken two long years for so little action to be taken – while thousands sit it out in dangerous accommodation – is not just about the........

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