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Grenfell insulation was sold at almost 50% discount, inquiry hears......

Inexperienced project manager says he did not check it complied with fire safety regulations.  Click here to read more.

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TUC Housing network discussion......

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The full list of Tory MPs who voted down the Grenfell Inquiry recommendations......

The clause would have forced flat managers to share evacuation and fire safety instructions with residents of the building. 308 Tory MPs voted it down.  Click here to read more.

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Government pledges to increase number of affordable homes......

The government has announced new measures to help more people get onto the property ladder, as part of a £12.2bn investment in increasing affordable housing.

A new shared ownership model would see the minimum initial share to buy in a property reduced from 25% to 10%.

People would also be able to buy additional shares in their home in 1% instalments with heavily-reduced fees.  Click here to read more.

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Grenfell ACM cladding still on more than 150 London towers......

More than 150 buildings in London are still wrapped in highly flammable Grenfell-style cladding – almost three years on from the fire, Government figures reveal.

Ministers pledged to strip aluminium composite material (ACM) from tower blocks across the country in the wake of the devastating blaze.

The Grenfell Tower disaster claimed the lives of 72 residents, when fire spread rapidly from a single flat through the cladding of the North Kensington block, engulfing it in flames.

But with the third anniversary of the fire on Sunday, 163 buildings in the capital are still covered in the flammable casing.  Click here to read more.

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“Dangerous disparity” between regions’ high-rise fire response after Grenfell......

Three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, a third of fire and rescue services still would not send sufficient resources to high-rise fires, new data from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) can reveal.

Residents still face a “postcode lottery” of fire and rescue response, the union has warned, with huge variation between brigades’ pre-determined attendance (PDA) levels, the number of fire engines initially sent to a high rise fire.  Click here to read more.

 

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Waltham Forest Council still working to house Leytonstone’s rough sleepers......

Waltham Forest Council is still struggling to obey the government and house all its rough sleepers as some refuse to engage with services.  Click here to read more.

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No ‘rogue’ landlords fined in half of London councils last year......

Figures show that 15 councils did not record a single fine on the GLA rogue landlord database in the last year.  Click here to read more.

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Elderly woman sleeps on sofa for two years to escape council flat mould infestation......

An elderly woman has been sleeping on her sofa for two years to escape a major mould infestation in the bedroom of her council flat. Click here to read more.

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Borough had decade’s biggest house price rise......

House prices have doubled in Waltham Forest in ten years.  Click here to read more.

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