To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2017 to Question 5175, on Grenfell Tower: fires, (a) how many staff from his Department are working to provide that support, (b) what work his Department has done to support the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in engaging with the local community and (c) what work his Department has done to support the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to ensure it fully meets the needs of residents and supports community organisations.
The Department for Communities and Local Government does not keep record of which of our staff are working on particular tasks as they work on a wide range of activities. The Department has, since the immediate aftermath of the fire, provided a wide range of advice and direct support to local efforts to deal with the consequences of the fire, including on community engagement. It is currently supporting the Council in developing a comprehensive communications and engagement plan to ensure residents are kept up to date. The Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce (appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 26 July 2017) is providing assurance on whether the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council can deliver a long-term recovery plan. Its remit includes supporting, guiding and challenging the Council in relation to community engagement. Contributions have also been made to various funds supporting charities and other groups helping those affected by the fire.