I have now had my fill of Grenfell Tower news. Yes, it was a trajedy on a large scale but there has been worse.
Now we are being bombarded again by more pseudo sympathy from politicians & media about the amount of families who have still to be rehomed.
Let’s have a bit of a reality check, shall we?
Grenfell Tower was classed as social housing. Social housing provides stable, affordable homes for those at the sharp end of the housing crisis. In England, social housing accounts for 17% of all households. If you can’t afford somewhere to live then any housing is better than none.
A quick look online has unearthed a few interesting figures -
210 families lost a place to live because of the fire & needed to be found somewhere else.
According to the Guardian (11/12/17) “staff have been given a budget of £235m to replace the homes lost in the tower. They are currently in the process of buying 300 new homes”. That is £1.2 million per family! Wow, I could buy a really nice house for that. Then with their share of the £28 million in charity donations - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/703150/Grenfell_Charitable_Funds_Report__25_04_18.pdf They could afford to furnish their new mansions very nicely.
I know money cannot compensate for the loss of a loved one (though it obviously helps) most of these families were just made homeless, like more than 20,000 families per year who also lose their homes in fires.
I’m all for helping thise less fortunate but let’s not be so selective - help every victim of fire the same way!
Some of the victims are still in temporary accommodation. Why? Because they insist on living in the tiny borough of Kensington & Chelsea rather than travel a few extra kms.
They should be grateful for ANY shelter!
Light blue touch paper & retire.