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Morning Briefing: Grenfell judge meets residents

The judge who will oversee the Grenfell Tower inquiry has met residents who have told him they need someone who represents them, and other housing news

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Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the judge who will lead the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster, faced an angry and widely reported meeting with residents yesterday. He was told they need “someone who’s real” to represent their interest, the BBC and several other outlets report.

One woman is reported to have said residents were unhappy that Sir Martin and his legal inquiry team did “not look like any of us”.

Elsewhere, the Beeb has emails from 2010 which show that fears over access for emergency vehicles were raised by residents with the council as early as 2010. Local residents made the point in an email to councillors when plans were announced for a car park was demolished to build a school.

On Channel 4 News there is a slightly odd report, which looks at Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation’s accounts and finds it spent millions on “management fees and interest charges”.

In other news, there is an excellent blog on the Financial Times this morning which considers why the UK housing market is slowing. It gives rather short shrift to claims about Brexit and stamp duty and points to another more likey cause: prices are too darn high.

“Unrealistic asking prices are why property remains stuck on agents’ books. Look in London’s three inner zones – supposedly the epicentre of the nation’s housing crisis – and it is not hard to find properties that have been on the market for a year or more,” writes Jonathan Eley.

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