Grenfell Tower fire is now thought to have killed 58 people though the figure may grow according to the police. The fire has angered many people and the government are receiving much of the blame. Why would people blame the government for this accident? The government have implemented huge cuts to plans of redevelopment in to many of these high rise flats. They don’t “redevelop” these buildings they cover them up so that do not look like such of an eye sore. As explained by one the the residents “they didn’t even put a new lift in them.”
The government have also in recent years past laws that seem to allow landlords to rent out properties that are not suitable to be rented out. A large amount of MPs are landlords and there has been an arguement of a conflict in interest when it come to MPs and their properties for a while.
According to Guardian research, almost a third of MPs are now letting out their houses or flats, with 196 declaring rental income on the official register of interests this year. The majority of those are earning more than £10,000 a year from the property, topping up their basic MP’s annual salary of £67,060.
The Conservative party has the highest number of landlord MPs at 128, meaning 39% of Tory MPs are landlords, compared with 26% of Scottish National party MPs and 22% from Labour.
The research reveals a much higher proportion of MPs are landlords than the general adult population, in which just 2% are estimated to be renting out homes.
The Conservatives also voted against a Labour amendment to the current Housing and Planning Bill to ensure houses were kept to a decent standard by 312 votes to 219, a majority of 93.
Prior to the vote, shadow housing minister Teresa Pearce, who brought the amendment forward, told MPs: “Many landlords go out of their way to ensure that even the slightest safety hazard is sorted quickly and efficiently.
“So it is even more distressing when we see reports of homes which are frankly unfit for human habitation being let, often at obscene prices. Where else in modern day life could someone get away with this?”
Pearce added that some problems experienced by renters, such as mould on walls, would not be tolerated in other areas. She said: “If I purchased food from a shop and it was unsafe to eat I would not only get a refund but there is a high possibility the shopkeeper could be prosecuted.
So people do have a right to be angry at the government on this issue but to blame the government for it completely is a bit unfair.
The government implemented these cuts and put themselves before the country again like they always do but they did it with the consent of the people. Its sad that it takes a disaster like this to make people take note of living conditions of families in the UK.