North Kensington Law Centre has today responded to the Council’s consultation on its Walkways rehousing policy.
We have held regular clinics with our clients from the Lancaster West Estate over the past number of weeks, and have asked them their views on the draft policy.
Having listened to our clients, we believe this policy’s most basic aim should be to give those residents who feel unable to continue residing in the LWE the best opportunity to leave.
Many families from this part of North Kensington, particularly those with young children, cannot begin to rebuild their lives while living in the shadow of Grenfell Tower, and while their housing situation in the LWE remains unresolved. The Law Centre holds the view that families should not have to weaken their housing rights, suffer financial penalty, or run the risk of waiting for extended periods of time in order to leave the LWE.
NKLC is concerned the policy in its current form will fail to provide the housing solutions required for those LWE residents who are unable to continue living in the shadow of Grenfell Tower. In our response, we have suggested a number of amendments the Council should make to the policy to improve it.
We believe that, without multiple and substantive improvements to this policy, RBKC risks further eroding the trust that the community in North Kensington has in its local authority, which has already become so painfully and repeatedly exposed since the Grenfell Tower disaster just over six months ago.
Our full submission to the consultation can be read here.