Friday, 18 March 2016

The Guardian "MP throws charity boss out of parliament after row over residents"

From the Guardian on Thursday:

Stella Creasy says chair of Glasspool Trust, which sold flats to a developer, said ‘It happens’ when confronted over evictions

The chair of a poverty charity found himself being escorted out of parliament by a police officer after a bad-tempered meeting at which he told an MP the eviction of long-term tenants from flats sold by the charity was not his problem.
Keith Nunn, chair of trustees for the Glasspool Trust, said “It happens” when asked about the impact on the tenants, some of whom are vulnerable families, according to the Labour MP for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy.
Creasy said she was so appalled by the attitude of Nunn, an executive in the energy industry, that she ended the meeting and asked a police officer to escort him out of parliament.
The Glasspool Trust, which makes individual grants for household goods to people in poverty, has faced significant criticism after selling 63 flats it had owned for decades in Walthamstow, north-east London, to a property development firm without first informing tenants or offering them the chance to buy the homes.
. . . . The new owner, a newly-formed private property development firm, has begun evicting a number of residents and has already resold some of the flats. The company says it plans to gradually evict the remainder of the residents, some of whom have lived in the area for many years.

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