Category Archives: Grenfell Tower fire

A guilt tax for the UK’s super-rich might not be such a bad idea | Gaby Hinsliff

After Grenfell the penny has dropped – turning a blind eye to misery and homelessness won’t make you happy or secure

Officially, it’s not a guilt tax. Westminster council prefers the term “community contribution” to describe the idea that its millionaire residents might like to make a voluntary donation on top of council tax. It is, they say, merely a chance for the wealthiest to “invest in their neighbourhood”. Perish the thought that they may have anything to feel guilty about.

But whatever you call it, attempting to appeal to the social consciences of the super-rich is surely a sign of changing times. That a flagship Tory council should be dabbling in new forms of redistribution is interesting in itself. That it began considering the idea a few months after the Grenfell Tower fire, which had some of Kensington’s more liberal-minded millionaires asking why their council hadn’t charged them more and housed their neighbours decently, is more interesting still, given that Westminster’s guilt money is earmarked partly for tackling homelessness.

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Grenfell activists use Three Billboards protest to highlight lack of progress

Justice 4 Grenfell group parades billboards around London to keep tower blaze, which killed 71 people, on national conscience

Campaigners have taken inspiration from the Oscar-nominated drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to highlight what they say has been “a lack of progress” in the Grenfell Tower fire investigation.

Members of the Justice 4 Grenfell group paraded billboards emblazoned with the words “71 dead”, “And still no arrests?”, “How Come?” around central London locations in an attempt to keep victims of last June’s tower block blaze “in the national conscience”.

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2017 Eyewitness: our summary of the defining images of the year

From the horror of Grenfell to the hope of the Women’s March, this has been a year of extremes. Here, those closest to the action recall 2017’s most compelling moments

I had sung for the then candidate Donald Trump in March 2016 at Mar-a-Lago for a Lincoln’s Day dinner. I thought I was performing a patriotic duty, but I received quite a bit of vitriol afterwards, people treated me as if I had killed someone’s daughter.

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Council apologises as Grenfell Tower households miss out on extra cash

As 100 Grenfell households spend Christmas in hotels, payout to help with festive costs fails to arrive for 18 families

Money promised to Grenfell Tower survivors by Kensington council to help cover Christmas costs did not arrive in time for 18 households.

“This was our error and we are sorry for this and have taken steps to deal with the households we are aware of,” said Kim Taylor-Smith, the deputy leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).

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