19 June 2017
Sian Berry is now the chair of the housing committee, on the London Assembly. Click here to see more broadcast media interviews that Sian gave in the days after the Grenfell Tower fire.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Grenfell Tower"
Residents will hold a meeting for residents only to find out their next steps.
On a London-wide level, residents of high-rise and low-rise blocks of over 5 floors are still angry that they are ignored by Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO's) and the Tenant Management Organisation (TMO). The Fire Brigades Union says that there have been no fatalities in blocks which have sprinkler systems, which is worrying.
Jake Simms, of West Central London Green Party, said the Grenfell Tower situation is "very sad."
"We will do what we can to hold local councils to account in ensuring existing tower blocks are checked and safe."
The Green Party has long spoken out against austerity in the UK. Austerity means advice centres closing, fewer housing case-workers, and cuts to fire stations under the previous London Mayor. The ideological cuts to emeregency services are the actions of a Government that believes in going back to the Victorian Big Society with small government. Council housing is vanishing and being deliberately destroyed before our eyes. The austerity agenda is an excuse for right-wing ideological councils to make political attacks on so-called "red-tape" which keeps us safe.
Make no mistake about it, Greens are angry about the tragedy at Grenfell. We will be there to support residents.
Residents are already calling for justice, for their friends in there whose names the Government can not hide.
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