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British prime minister Teresa May said on Wednesday that the tenants administration group accountable for the Grenfell Estate, the place a violent tower hearth killed a minimum of 80 individuals in June, will probably be stripped of their obligations. Why? Turns out they’ve accomplished a horrible job managing the aftermath of that catastrophe. In truth, it sounds just like the previous two months have been an absolute nightmare for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower.

Earlier this week, the Kensington council that’s been overseeing the tenants administration group drew ire when it introduced that survivors would have to “bid” in opposition to one another so as to safe new housing. This technique would successfully pressure the previous Grenfell Tower residents to compete with one another for the very best lodging. This, after over 180 of the survivors have been residing in accommodations or emergency housing for the complete summer time. The Independent explains how the bidding course of will work:

[The Kensington council] are utilizing a rating system that permits sure residents precedence, together with those that misplaced household within the hearth or have a incapacity. Families with kids may also obtain greater precedence standing than these with out.

Survivors in the identical eligibility band who bid for the identical property will probably be given precedence based mostly on how lengthy that they had lived in Grenfell Tower. The council additionally made clear that properties will solely be considered by one family at a time.

While some elements of the prioritization appear truthful, residents and lawmakers argue that the entire course of forces survivors into yet one more tense scenario, after a lot of them both misplaced members of the family or watched their neighbors die. Residents additionally instructed The Independent that some survivors, particularly the aged, don’t perceive how the method works or how they’re supposed to submit their bids. And once more, the very concept that a number of survivors might be competing with one another for a selected housing possibility is simply unhealthy and unsuitable, they are saying.

“What we’re expecting is for the council to know how many properties they have, categorise those, [and get survivors] to view them,” one lady who escaped the Grenfell Tower hearth instructed the paper. “The bidding process is too strenuous and time consuming. It’s causing unrest between the survivors.”

An various that’s been instructed is for the council to merely assign new lodging. That manner, the survivors may get new properties extra shortly and with out the stress of competing with their neighbors. The Kensington council, in the meantime, claims that the bidding course of is the “fairest and quickest” technique. Then once more, in accordance to the prime minister, the Kensington council has been doing a dreadful job dealing with every little thing within the wake of the lethal blaze. Why ought to residents belief them now?

The vital factor, everybody agrees, is to assist the survivors discover new properties as shortly as potential. Some of them may even find yourself in luxurious condominiums, in the event that they handle to do properly in the course of the bidding course of. (Not everybody loves this concept, by the way.) Now that the Kensington council’s tenant administration group is on the way in which, nonetheless, who is aware of if any of it will change. At least it appears like issues couldn’t get any worse. Let’s simply hope they get higher.

[The Guardian, The Independent]

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