Communities

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London tower block residents warned of smoke danger two years before fire
People in building with Grenfell-style cladding and combustible balconies also said fire wardens were ineffective

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

16, May, 2021 @2:48 PM

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‘We became a crew’: how lockdown forged unlikely friendships
From a conversation about an orchid to a telephone buddy scheme, Guardian readers share their friendship tales

Jedidajah Otte

13, May, 2021 @1:01 PM

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Johnson’s planning laws an ‘utter disaster’, say countryside campaigners
Critics say bill unveiled in Queen’s speech to spur housebuilding will bring ‘dark age of development’

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

11, May, 2021 @3:24 PM

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London’s pain could become the north’s gain, but Johnson isn’t up to the job | Simon Jenkins
Stemming the ‘brain drain’ to London is a vast undertaking that will take a lot more than political gimmicks, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

11, May, 2021 @9:22 AM

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The high cost of second homes on rural communities | Letters
Letters: Holidaymakers are pushing coastal properties beyond the reach of local people, writes Hilary Wakeman, while Joy Webb suggests one home should be enough for anyone

Letters

05, May, 2021 @4:13 PM

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Last resident of tower block ‘overwhelmed’ by public support
Ezekiel Hermon has been only resident for nearly seven months of Birmingham block earmarked for demolition

Jessica Murray

04, May, 2021 @11:13 AM

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Tears and bear hugs as Wales lifts ban on having a cwtch
‘A wonderful day’: friends and families finally able to enjoy a cuddle after months of abstention

Steven Morris

03, May, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Tony Crofts obituary
Other lives: Pioneer of the community land trust movement in England who turned his former pub car park into affordable housing

Fran Ryan

03, May, 2021 @4:53 PM

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‘Real thuggery’: Cornwall boats vandalised amid ‘incomer’ tensions
Some blame new residents and second-home owners not keen on sight and sounds of ‘local’ vessels

Steven Morris

03, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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London killings: ‘It’s like a war zone. How did it come to this?’
The shooting and stabbing of a teenager in broad daylight on a street in Canning Town is just the latest chapter of what has become Britain’s most violent gangland feud

Mark Townsend

01, May, 2021 @5:59 PM

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Leaseholders ‘horrified’ after final vote on £10bn fire safety costs
Many homeowners facing financial ruin with devastating bills to make homes safe in wake of Grenfell

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

29, Apr, 2021 @10:22 AM

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The Guardian view on the cladding scandal: don’t punish the innocent | Editorial
Editorial: Leaseholders didn’t build these high-rises and they didn’t certify them as safe. So why are they being landed with the giant bills to fix them?

Editorial

28, Apr, 2021 @5:50 PM

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