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Grenfell Tower ‘likely to remain standing for some years,’ says council deputy leader

Legal actions relating to the Grenfell Tower fire mean it will be “some years” before work can begin on dismantling the shell of the building and that demolishing it will take “an estimated two years” after that, […]

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Corbynism is making London’s housing problems worse

Earlier this year, shadow housing secretary John Healey produced proposals for addressing the nation’s housing problems that were described by the excellent Jules Birch at Inside Housing as “the most comprehensive plan for affordable housing […]

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Grenfell Truths: the outstanding community of the Kensington Aldridge Academy

From the cold ashes of Grenfell, some heart-warming news. The Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA), a secondary school which opened right next to Grenfell Tower in 2014, has been graded “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors and named […]

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Huge mismatch between demand for social housing and availability in London, Shelter reports

London boroughs as diverse as Newham, Merton and Kingston are at the top of the national list of local authorities with the largest gaps between the numbers of households on their social housing waiting lists […]

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Grenfell inquiry might confound the “bad city” London narrative

Throughout the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, political activists, many journalists and a pack of social media agitators have been telling the world – and each other – a story about who was to blame, much of […]

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Kensington & Chelsea leader asks for ‘united council’ and pledges to ‘reach out to all communities’

Elizabeth Campbell, the Conservative leader of Kensington & Chelsea Council (RBKC), has urged her Labour opponents to “reach consensus” and “work together” with her new administration, and challenged councillors of all parties, including her fellow […]

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Kensington & Chelsea must be run by politicians, not protesters

The most preposterous example of Corbynite hubris during the recent borough election campaigns was the notion that Labour would turn the Tories out of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC). Anyone bothering to look at […]

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It’s official – only 20 of Kensington & Chelsea’s 37 Tory councillors are defending their seats

Almost half of Kensington and Chelsea’s 37 Conservative councillors will not be defending their seats on 3 May, following a sometimes rancorous Tory candidate selection process. Only 20 of those currently holding seats are seeking […]