Posts filed under: Justice4Grenfell

Peerage for ex RBKC councillor who had oversight of grenfell scrutiny

“Boris Johnson’s decision to honour Moylan in this fashion is a dishonour to the memories of those who perished, as well as a disservice to the brave firefighters and members of this community who battled to save innocent residents from dangerous homes that terrible night three years ago. 

It is also an unmistakable message from our Prime Minister that his friends and allies will not face any consequences for their roles in deregulating quality controls and defunding essential workers necessary to protect lives. Nor will his donor base who chose to ignore the spirit of what little regulation there was to squeeze a few more pounds from the bottom line.

It is clear that we are more likely to see more culprits rewarded than successful prosecutions for Grenfell. Right now, people still live in homes that have cladding similar to Grenfell and Johnson is more concerned with honouring those who played a part in that atrocity to actually protecting those at risk of the next one.” 

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak from us to all Muslim communities. May you always be blessed.

Safe homes – Protect Residents – Save Lives

Three years on, Justice4Grenfell joined by high profile supporters to demand the government commit to deadline to remove all flammable cladding.

London, 10th June 2020 – Nearly 3 years on from the Grenfell Tower disaster that claimed 72 lives, high profile supporters including Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah and Ella Eyre rally behind Justice4Grenfell to urge the government to commit to a deadline to remove all flammable cladding as thousands of lives still remain at risk. On Wednesday 10th June at 9 am, supporters such as Lily Allen, GRM Daily, Ian Rankin and many more will post on their social media pledging to write to their MP’s to demand justice for Grenfell and encourage the wider public to do so too via supportGrenfell.co.uk.  Despite public outcry at the time, and continuous campaigning from many groups, no one has been held accountable for the disaster at Grenfell. Firms involved were granted immunity from prosecution for their evidence at the inquiry, the fire brigade was made a scapegoat at the first stage of the inquiry and hundreds of tower blocks – 23,000 households with Grenfell style ACM cladding, and up to 500,000 people living with other non ACM flammable cladding, remain at risk in the UK. 
  The government has recently announced a new fund for remedial work on high rise blocks to remove flammable cladding, which is a step forward. However, it missed its first deadline to remove all cladding by June 2020 (and was not near to reaching it pre-COVID-19). It has, as yet, not committed to another deadline, and has made funding to carry out the works complex, lengthy and obscure.
  Because of this, a number of influential names across various industries have come together to post an image which reads “Safe Homes. Protect Residents. Save Lives” alongside writing to their MP via a direct link supportGrenfell.co.uk demanding the Government commit to:
  A deadline to remove all ACM and non ACM flammable cladding systemA detailed timeline of how they will achieve thisThe Government being held accountable if they fail again

  Justice4Grenfell spokesperson, Yvette Williams, said: 
  “We’re aware that the government has recently announced a fund dedicated to removing cladding but it’s not good enough. They have missed their own deadline for all flammable cladding to be removed by June 2020.

It’s estimated the fund will only cover ⅓ of households, it’s offered on a first come first served basis, there is no commitment from the government to a deadline for completed works, and it does not cover buildings under 18m. Residents in one tower block in Manchester have been told that they are ineligible to apply for funding.

  For the people affected, there is still no clear understanding of the time frame to have these panels removed. We believe the Government needs to act with urgency and set clear timings for completion, and take accountability for an expedient removal.
  At a time where people are urged to stay in their homes more, safety is paramount. Over 23,000 households are still covered in Grenfell style flammable cladding 3 years after the Grenfell disaster. The fight for change and justice must continue as many thousands of people’s lives are at risk.”


Appendix
List of celebs who will be participating online and/or have pledged support:

Music 
Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah, Ella Eyre, Lily Allen, Mystery Jets, Naughty Boy, Wilkinson, Flohio, Wavy The Creator, S1, SK, TK, DJ Charlsey, GRM Daily, Cerys Matthews, Doc Brown, Poundz, Digga D 

Cinema/Film
Hayley Atwell

Sport
Maro Itoje

TV
Jolyon Rubenstein

Comedy
Dane Baptiste, Mo Gilligan

Fashion
Ian Rankin, Vanessa Kingori 

MP
Richard Burgon   

Unions
GMB
RMT
ASLEF
Unite
FBU
The Communications Workers Union

Grenfell: 3rd Year Anniversary

Please see updated new links to Grenfell Virtual Anniversary on 14th June 2020.

💚 Forever In Our Hearts 💚

ALERT – Concerning 3rd Grenfell Anniversary

⛔️ Please be aware that there are social media posts from groups who state they are Justice FOR Grenfell.

These are NOT from the J4G campaign. Their posts are causing extreme distress to the Grenfell bereaved, survivors and our community. Especially leading up to the third anniversary on the 14th June 2020.

Our posts will always use our logo and the number “4” in our official communication.

💚 Forever in our hearts 💚

Gold at New York Festivals TV & Film Awards

‘Grenfell Tower and Social Murder”, made for the Open University’s undergraduate Criminology course, has been awarded gold in the educational category at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards. We are delighted at the judges’ decision which helps keep the serious issues alive with an international audience.

We thank Justice4Grenfell for their support and collaboration in making the film. We also thank our brilliant group of freelancers and our client The Open University for working with us to tell this important story.

“… exceptionally well made and exactly the kind of learning resource that the Open University aspires to.”

Dr. David Scott, Senior Lecturer, Criminology, The Open University

Taken from Hamlett Films https://hamlettfilms.com/2020/04/16/gold-award-at-new-york-festivals/

Milton Keynes in Solidarity with Grenfell

Please click on the icon to below to view the video kindly supplied by Christine Davis of Milton Keynes to commemorate the 34 month anniversary of the Silent Walk.

💚 FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS 💚

J4G Statement on Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 report publication

QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS –WHO GUARDS THE GUARDS?

The leaking of this report to the media has impacted on the ability of the BSRs and community to have had the time to calmly digest the recommendations made by Inquiry Chairman. The media has started with an onslaught on the firefighters who attended on the night; J4G feel that this outcome was embedded in the initial culture of the Grenfell Tower lnquiry. (GTI )

The fire at Grenfell Tower occurred within a historical background of cuts to public services, deregulation, privatisation, a culture of ignoring the concerns of social housing residents and social inequality. So the GTI should have begun with in this context; it would then have greatly assisted the inquiry’s investigation and subsequent recommendations.  Instead the Inquiry began with ‘Act two, Scene 1’ asking details about the fire on that fateful night .The Phase 1 Inquiry ‘stage’ seems to have been pre-set with a determined route that would lead to a determined outcome (blaming the firefighters); with no historical context the route appears to be one that let’s those most accountable namely, government and private companies, off the hook.

The Chairman has made a range of recommendations primarily for the fire service and Owners and Managers of high rise buildings including:

For the Fire Service:

  • The development of national policies on evacuation from high rise buildings
  • Improved equipment for fire fighters including upgraded communication systems and breathing apparatus
  • The development of policies for emergency call handling

These recommendations all have financial implications which will have to be honored and prioritised by the same government that cut fire service budgets in the past.

For Owners and Managers of high rise buildings he has recommended:

  • urgent inspections and regular checking of fire doors and the provision of fire safety signage.
  • Regular inspections of lifts

These recommendations could have been made during the duration of the inquiry.

Moore-Bick makes no recommendation for the fitting of sprinkler systems. No recommendation has been made to ban the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise buildings that are not of Euro class Al (the highest classification of reaction to fire in accordance with BS EN 13501-1); again he will look at this in Phase 2.

He does however touch on the lack of urgency by the government on the removal of combustible cladding from current buildings.

In 2010, after six people were killed in a cladding fire at Lakanall House, the coroner made a series of safety recommendations for the government to consider. But these recommendations were sat on by then Minister Gavin Barlow with devastating effects on ehat would happen at Grenfell. There are so many parties’ decisions implicated in the lead up to the fire: the government at all levels; the council; the planning department; the building management company (KCTMO); building inspectors; the building industry as a whole, architects to contractors and  manufacturers and retailers.

How could they all have failed in their professional responsibilities and in their duties of care, so abysmally? If the Inquiry had begun with Act 1 scene 1, the Chairman’s recommendations would have looked starkly different and the real ‘villians of the piece’ would have been in the headlines, rather than the firefighters who risked their own lives in a building that no-one should have been living in.

The inquiry must fully investigate all such issues, in addition to purely practical issues such as what technically started the fire, how did it spread, the role of the cladding etc. These matters are vitally important, but they are simply the final act in a long line of actions that (appear to us) to have led, inevitably but predictably, to the Grenfell Tower fire and its attendant loss of life. We submit that, left unchecked, the social, economic and political forces that have led to Grenfell will no doubt lead to further such preventable disasters.

We are also minded that there is nothing on the statute books that makes it mandatory for a government to act on any public inquiry’s recommendations. This will be about political will. Let’s hope they will!

This leaves us to ask the question – QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS –who guards the guards?

RIP to all those whose lives were taken in this tragedy.

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