There is no going back. The government must now change its approach to social housing, says Tom Murtha I have been predicting for some years that eventually the government’s policy on austerity would cause so much damage that people would be forced to fight back. Little did I know that it would take a tragedy in a tower block in one of the richest boroughs in the UK to act as a catalyst for this. The tragic fire is a symbol of all that is wrong in Britain today. Growing inequality and poverty have been thrown into sharp relief as some of the poorest in our society have died and suffered because of possible negligence and lack of investment following years of government cuts. I’m sure that the public inquiry will discuss the many reasons for the disaster but there is no doubt that the long term neglect and demonisation … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Tom Murtha worked in social housing for 40 years. He is now chair of Hact and on the board of Plus Dane.