Grenfell Tower: Fires

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th May 2018.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timescale is for all the people who survived the Grenfell Tower fire to have moved into permanent new housing.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Government is working closely with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) to support them to ensure that former residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk are be provided with a new permanent home within a year of the fire. The latest figures from RBKC, as of 21 May states that 203 (97 per cent of 210 households) from Grenfell Tower or Walk have accepted an offer of either temporary or permanent accommodation, and 76 households have moved into permanent accommodation.

The Council has acquired over 300 properties for those who lost their homes, so each household can choose a good quality property that meets their needs, with the option of staying in the area if that is what they wish. We expect all households, regardless of their level of engagement, to be given whatever support they require to be rehoused as quickly as possible. However, due to the complexities of each individual case we are unable to provide an exact estimate of when all households from Grenfell Tower or Walk will be permanently rehoused. The Government will continue to play its part, providing support and challenge to the Council, and financial support currently worth more than £72 million.

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