‘Digging herself into her own resignation’.
There were calls for a Tory councillor to resign on Saturday after she called rent being deducted from a Grenfell Tower resident a “tiny thing” in an interview that left listeners reeling over her “unbelievable arrogance”.
Catherine Faulks appeared on the Radio 4′s Today programme where she responded to claims from Yvette Williams, coordinator of Justice4Grenfell, who said one resident had recently obtained a new bank card following the June 14 blaze only to find rent was still being taken from her account.
Faulks called the deduction a “tiny thing” before backtracking somewhat to say that Kensington and Chelsea Council had provided affected residents with social workers to deal with such matters.
Responding to Williams’ revelation, the councillor said she was “very sorry to hear that” and could “understand its very distressing”, but then proceeded to downplay its significance in the aftermath of a fire that claimed at least 80 lives.
When asked why the council had allowed it to happen Faulks said: “Oh come on, that’s a tiny thing – I mean it’s not a tiny thing for them it’s a huge thing and it’s very upsetting.”
The dismissive comment sparked a torrent of disbelief on social media where it was branded “ill-judged” and a PR disaster that may result in her having to resign.
Faulks continued to try and put the payment in context saying the council was in the process of trying to house 400 people.