Queen’s speech must push hous­ing re­form

The Guardian - - JOURNAL LETTERS - Rev Paul Ni­col­son

The cat­a­strophic fire in Gren­fell Tower must have po­lit­i­cal reper­cus­sions pro­foundly af­fect­ing the homes of the poor­est ten­ants. The Queen’s speech is im­me­di­ately avail­able. Im­prove­ments in the UK hous­ing mar­ket and build­ing reg­u­la­tions should be a me­mo­rial to the many who suf­fered and died there. A fur­ther scan­dal has been the rows of homes built as in­vest­ments stand­ing empty in Lon­don while Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea coun­cil­lors seek to house vic­tims out­side their bor­ough. We need a new law that re­quires the sale, or com­pul­sory pur­chase, of any home that has re­mained empty for six months or more, as hap­pens in Den­mark. It should also be­come im­pos­si­ble for na­tional and in­ter­na­tional spec­u­la­tors to buy Bri­tish land solely for pri­vate profit. Tax­pay­ers Against Poverty

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