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Grenfell Tower: Cladding 'changed to cheaper version' - BBC News

Cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment was changed to a cheaper version, documents obtained by the BBC suggest. Documents show the zinc cladding originally proposed was replaced with an aluminium type, which was less fire resistant, ...and more »

Keep costs of cladding down, Grenfell Tower experts told - The Times

Fireproof cladding planned for Grenfell Tower was downgraded to save £293,000 as housing officials demanded “good costs” to satisfy a council boss, leaked emails reveal. Minutes of meetings, price outlines and other correspondence seen by The Times ...and more »

Grenfell fire: Council leader quits over fire response - BBC News

Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Nick Paget-Brown has resigned following continued criticism of the council's handling of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Mr Paget-Brown faced calls to resign from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a number of other senior ...and more »

Survivors tell Grenfell inquiry chair the remit is too narrow - The Guardian

Sir Martin Moore-Bick warns that he is doubtful the inquiry into the fire will be as wide-ranging as people hope. Owen Bowcott, Amelia Gentleman and Matthew Weaver. Thu 29 Jun 2017 14.28 EDT First published on Thu 29 Jun 2017 09.46 EDT. Share on ...and more »

Grenfell: an anatomy of a housing disaster - Financial Times

In 1977, two years before Margaret Thatcher became prime minister and started to liberalise the UK's economy and housing policy, the punk band The Clash released “London's Burning”. “I'm up and down the Westway, in and out the lights/What a great ...and more »

Grenfell cladding approved by residents was swapped for cheaper version - The Guardian

Documents show contractors were asked to fit aluminium instead of more fire-resistant zinc, saving £300,000. Robert Booth and Jamie Grierson. Fri 30 Jun 2017 04.58 EDT First published on Fri 30 Jun 2017 03.57 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ...and more »

Grenfell Tower residents 'still having rent payments taken out of bank accounts' - The Independent

Former residents of Grenfell Tower are still having rent taken out of their bank account for the burnt-out property in north Kensington, according to a campaign director representing survivors. An unknown number of tenants who managed to escape the ...and more »

Downing Street says Grenfell council meeting should have gone ahead - The Guardian

No 10 condemns Kensington and Chelsea council for ending meeting and says it should have respected court ruling allowing journalists to attend. Peter Walker, Alice Ross and Kevin Rawlinson. Fri 30 Jun 2017 07.24 EDT First published on Thu 29 Jun 2017 ...and more »

3 Officials Resign Amid Outcry Over Grenfell Tower Fire - New York Times

LONDON — Three officials involved with Grenfell Tower, the apartment building where at least 80 people died on June 14, announced their resignations on Friday, as the political fallout over Britain's deadliest fire in decades intensified. Nick Paget ...and more »

Grenfell Tower fire: was Tory austerity to blame or do problems date back to Blair? - The Guardian

Jeremy Corbyn has linked tragedy to Conservative spending cuts but PM says matter has arisen after decades of neglect. Alan Travis Home affairs editor. Wed 28 Jun 2017 11.18 EDT Last modified on Mon 27 Nov 2017 16.04 EST. Share on Facebook · Share ...and more »