What has the housing sector been tweeting about this month, and who are the key people to follow? Inside Housing’s latest round-up by Jess McCabe includes the four-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, Christopher Pincher trying his hand at building a panel, overcrowded housing, and more
This month marked four years since Grenfell, and there was an outpouring on social media to mark the occasion. Many people posted 72 green hearts, in memory of the 72 people who died as a result of the fire, and some survivors shared their stories.
Grenfell United (@GrenfellUnited) held an online remembrance service, and posted:
“14 June 72 lives forever in our hearts. We will never forget.”
Thoughts inevitably turned to what has happened since the fire, and whether such a terrible event could happen again.
There were so many posts it is hard to give a true representation in this short space. One post that was liked nearly 3,000 times as we went to press was by musician Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline):
Nearly four years after #Grenfell, thousands of people across the UK are still living in unsafe homes. The lack of action from the government to address our building safety crisis is a disgrace.— Fire Brigades Union (@fbunational) June 7, 2021
Solidarity with everyone who protested on Saturday. #EndOurCladdingScandal pic.twitter.com/4spBA8BjlP
Prime minister Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) tweeted:
Today we remember the 72 lives lost in the Grenfell tragedy four years ago. My thoughts are with the survivors, the bereaved and the wider community affected by this devastating fire.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 14, 2021
This government is committed to ensuring this never happens again.
The hundreds of responses, however, pointed to the government’s failure to tackle fire safety problems across the UK. As @CladsinCrisis responded:
Grenfell happened 4 years ago and I’m still stuck in my flammable flat and facing bills that will bankrupt me. If you really cared, you’d end this awful nightmare we’re living in. Actions speak louder than words.— Clads in Crisis (@CladsinCrisis) June 14, 2021
The wider housing crisis continues to be documented in detail on social media as well as in the mainstream press. Labour MP Karen Buck (@KarenPBuckMP) tweeted:
Just had a conversation with a mum in a grossly overcrowded 1-bed flat about a teenage son with rickets who has to sleep on the floor because there isn’t room to put enough beds for the family. Apparently it is the 21st century but I did have to check.— Karen Buck (@KarenPBuckMP) June 4, 2021
The Magpie Project (@magpieprojectuk) posted a long thread of information on how homelessness has impacted on children in particular:
Despite all the beautiful fashions, and films and paintings - make no mistake our work is about saving children's lives.— The Magpie Project (@magpieprojectuk) June 13, 2021
Here are some cold, hard facts - presented to this week's @HomelessAPPG on why we do what we do.
Take a deep breath, they are truly truly upsetting. pic.twitter.com/JHDFJXSEj2
Just one of the shocking statistics is that 156 child deaths were attributed to problems with housing or homelessness in 2019/20.
Meanwhile, CLP Solicitors (@clpsolicitors) detailed in a thread the long journey for one of its clients to be rehoused after being shot outside his home:
Our client was shot in the head, on his way to work, outside his home. His small children were inside. His wife heard the shots and found him on the ground outside. She cradled him until the ambulance came. He thought he was going to die. 1/11— CLP (@clpsolicitors) May 21, 2021
“The end of the nightmare may be in sight, and the family await the provision of suitable accommodation,” the solicitors concluded.
Woodwork teacher Pat Coyne (@Inns_Quay) tweeted him to “remember to measure twice cut once”.
Most of the other replies, as per previous Twitter columns, were around the continuing cladding crisis, with @EKasabova saying:
Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) used to work as an anti-social behaviour officer and has now written an engrossing book about it, tweeting:
Just seen a very official blue-tick corporate account tweet a photo of a housing estate festooned with England flags as a "Yay, football' type thing.— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) June 13, 2021
It's an estate I used to manage in my former job and in the photo is at least one former brothel & a former cannabis factory.
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