I was born poor in Kensington and Chelsea – and I know nothing’s changed | Seraphima Kennedy

Council leader Elizabeth Campbell’s criticism of a report on inequality in the Grenfell Tower borough was shocking: she should hang her head in shame

• Seraphima Kennedy is a former neighbourhood officer for Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation

Five months after the Grenfell tragedy, the Conservative-run council still seems unable to get a grip on its response. This week its leader, Elizabeth Campbell, who took over after her predecessor was forced to stand down over his handling of the fire, dismissed a report on inequality by the area’s new MP as “opportunistic” and “littered with typos and factual errors”. In an appalling display of insensitivity, it has also emerged that Kensington Tories have sent residents in Courtfield ward – just a stone’s throw from where some Grenfell survivors are being rehoused – campaign literature that asks them to rate, out of 10, how important support for the families affected by Grenfell is to them. It’s on a list with recycling and “keeping council tax low”.

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