Grenfell Recovery Taskforce

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:42 pm on 6th November 2017.

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Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 4:42 pm, 6th November 2017

I assure the hon. Lady that there is a huge deal of focus on rehousing. I do not think that there should be an artificial timescale; the timescale should absolutely be led by the needs of the survivors and the victims, so that they move on in terms of housing when they are ready. We need to make sure that they are all offered choices of permanent housing, and that no one is forced to make a choice at all. If a handful of families are still not ready to meet housing officers and others to talk about their needs, they should not be forced to do so. Rehousing the survivors should be an absolute priority, but the timescale should be set by the survivors themselves and no one should be forced into anything.