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Grenfell anniversary, the housing crisis and football – what #UKhousing has been tweeting about in June

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

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14 June 2021 marked the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire
14 June 2021 marked the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire
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What has the #UKhousing sector been tweeting about this month, and who are the key people to follow?

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):


Meanwhile the Fire Brigades Union (@fbunational) said:


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Prime minister Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) tweeted:

The hundreds of responses, however, pointed to the government’s failure to tackle fire safety problems across the UK. As @CladsinCrisis responded:

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:

The Magpie Project (@magpieprojectuk) posted a long thread of information on how homelessness has impacted on children in particular:

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:

“The end of the nightmare may be in sight, and the family await the provision of suitable accommodation,” the solicitors concluded.

Spotlight on ministers

Spotlight on ministers

Christopher Pincher (@ChrisPincher) visited @Zedfactory in Sussex to look at their zero-carbon homes site, and “try my hand at building a panel”.

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:

Oops.

Who to follow

@PlanningPride – an account for LGBTQ+ planners, built environment professionals and their allies

@ShonaRobison – recently appointed to be Scotland’s cabinet secretary for social justice, housing and local government

@housingwomen – a network for women working in social housing in Wales

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