“Living on a council estate is nothing to be ashamed of”; the words of 12 year olds from our programme. Our young people know that just because they are working class, does not mean they are less deserving of equality than wider society.

However, the past week has been a stark reminder of how much resilience is required to maintain that mind-set. It has been just over a week since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the consequence of a failure that, had the residents not been working class, may have been avoided. It is difficult for our young people to avoid feeling that their lives are worth less when the actions of our leadership convey that message. Cutting costs, ignoring the voices, and in fact, the pleas, of those looking for support. Support for one simple ask that should be guaranteed to all, safe housing.

“Why is it as working class people, we are always forced into certain types of areas or certain housing?” Faith, 15

RECLAIM work with many young people who live in social housing. Too often, they are struck by the indifference people feel towards their lives. Too often, they see those who do challenge the status quo, like David Lammy, attacked by the media in order to divert from what society should be focusing on – working class voices being heard, and not just in the aftermath of a tragedy.

“People talk about segregation, well Grenfell’s a prime example, working class people like me, cooped up in a tower while everyone else lives comfortably around them” Olivia, 14

Many leaders are warning we should not politicise this event, that those affected would not want it, and do not need it. As those affected and their communities come together to protest, disrupt and speak out, it is evident we are ignoring them once again. This IS political, the communities affected at Grenfell know it, and our young people know it. The working class must continue to come together in solidarity until those who lead us do the same; we know our young people will.