My neighbours and I were left without water for four days during a pandemic – as PFI means no one took responsibility
This is the story of the consequences of a flood that left me and my neighbours without water for four and a half days in the middle of a pandemic. The building in which I live houses seven flats, six of which are rented from the council, and one, bought years ago under right to buy, sold and resold, is now rented to private tenants. Sixteen people live in the flats, ranging in age from under 10 to over 70.
The building is located in Islington, north London, a borough associated in the public imagination with the metropolitan elite, and certainly there is wealth here, but less well known are the levels of deprivation. Islington has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the UK, with 43% of children living in poverty, according to recent figures.