Hopefully, you’re warm, snug and safe as you’re reading this and are looking forward to Christmas Day with family or friends – though all too many people are not.
Huge numbers of people will be homeless this Christmas, including almost 130,000 children. Thousands, including veterans, will be sleeping on the streets or in hostels tonight. Hundreds of thousands of disabled or vulnerable people will be in severe hardship because of cuts to the social security safety net and the Tories’ disastrous Universal Credit debacle.
And for many of the survivors of the Grenfell blaze, it will be a very bleak Christmas indeed.
Tonight, 101 Grenfell families will go to sleep without a home.
Thirty-four Grenfell children will wake up on Christmas Day homeless.
Since June, twenty-four Grenfell survivors have attempted suicide.
Theresa May originally promised us all of them would be housed within three weeks – and claimed that “the Government is there for them at this terrible time”
Adding insult to injury, May also this week denied the survivors a voice on the panel of the inquiry into the disaster – after telling the inquiry Chair less than ten days earlier that she was ‘particularly pleased’ by his proposal to establish an advisory panel of those directly affected by the fire:
What a message of Christmas ‘cheer’ from May to the survivors and their community.
Have a very good Christmas – but spare a thought for the Grenfell survivors – and the homeless, the poor and the vulnerable suffering under the Tories every day of the year.
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