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The survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are calling on the government to overhaul the way social housing is regulated and set up a powerful watchdog that could jail negligent housing managers.

They want changes as radical as those made to oversight of the banking industry after the 2008 financial crash and have described the current system as “the dog that didn’t bark”.

Natasha Elcock, the chair of the survivors and bereaved group Grenfell United, has told supporters of plans for “a movement to ensure that people up and down the country are listened to and are heard and are in a safe environment”.

Members of the group have made contact with residents’ associations at other social housing blocks and are calling on tenants to sign up to residents associations to start to amplify their voices.

Asked about the initiative, the housing secretary, James Brokenshire, appeared to be receptive and told the Guardian he wanted to make social landlords more accountable to tenants and was conscious of the “need to increase regulation”.

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source: The Guardian
published: 3
 January 2019