Councils must lead the way in raising standards across social housing
The Social Housing White Paper should be welcomed as a chance to renew council housing’s purpose of providing people with the highest possible standard of living, say Jamie Carswell and Joanne Drew.
Council leader urges Grenfell inquiry to be 'swifter'
Kensington & Chelsea LBC’s leader has called for the Grenfell Tower Inquiry to be conducted with more urgency.
Council’s Grenfell recovery costs top £400m
Kensington and Chelsea LBC has spent more than £400m in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Grenfell council's procurement ban on tower block firms
Kensington and Chelsea LBC said it held ‘doubts about the integrity’ of the firms following evidence heard at the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry.
Grenfell inquiry hears of dire warnings before fire
Kensington and Chelsea LBC was warned of the dire consequences of a fire at Grenfell Tower years before the blaze that left 72 people dead.
Grenfell works not an ‘afterthought’
Kensington & Chelsea LBC’s former housing director has denied the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower before the fatal fire was an ‘afterthought’.
Queen’s Speech: New law to ‘modernise’ planning system
The Government has pledged to push ahead with reforms to the planning system in order to meet housebuilding targets.
Government criticised over dragging feet on cladding after new fire
The Government has been accused of failing to force developers to take action after a fire broke out at a tower block with Grenfell-style cladding.
LGA removes criticised fire safety guidance from website
The Local Government Association (LGA) finally removed fire safety guidance hosted on its website that had been heavily criticised after the Grenfell Tower blaze.
Grenfell director dismissed while on sick leave, tribunal hears
A council director who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after working on the Grenfell Tower response was dismissed while on sick leave, an employment tribunal has heard.
LGA distances itself from fire safety guide
The Local Government Association (LGA) has distanced itself from guidance hosted on its website that has been criticised in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Grenfell council apologises over monitoring failings
Kensington & Chelsea LBC has apologised for failings in its monitoring of the organisation that managed Grenfell Tower.
Council officer 'misled' over Grenfell insulation
A building control officer has told the Grenfell Inquiry he was ‘misled’ into certifying insulation later used on the tower as suitable for high-rise blocks.
An inflammatory situation
While fixing the cladding scandal may be a bitter pill for ministers to swallow, by not addressing it now, in full, we only create a false economy, says Sir Bob Neill.
Labour call for national cladding taskforce
Keir Starmer has called on the Government to ‘establish the full extent’ of the problem and prioritise works according to risk.
Southwark chief to help with vaccine rollout
Southwark LBC’s chief executive will be brought in on secondment by NHS England to help with the national programme to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine.
Grenfell survivors in multimillion pound lawsuit
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Kensington and Chelsea LBC are among the defendants.
This hidden housing scandal has a specific human face
Pretty soon the shadow of the COVID crisis will lift - and hopefully the Grenfell inquiry will report one day - says Paul Wheeler. At some point soon we need to address the appalling record of the major builders in this country, he adds.
Police make first Grenfell arrest
Detectives investigating the fire have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
Grenfell council bullying claims denied
Allegations of a ‘culture of bullying’ within the building control department responsible for overseeing Grenfell Tower have been denied.