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, by what date he expects households in (a) Barandon Walk, (b) Testerton Walk, (c) Hurstway Walk, (d) Treadgold House and (e) Bramley House which require rehousing as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire to be permanently rehoused.

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

The vast majority of residents from the wider estate either remained in their homes, or have since returned home since taking up emergency accommodation following the fire. Of the 128 households from these buildings who moved into emergency accommodation as a result of the fire, 39 households have chosen to move back to their original residence or have moved into other permanent accommodation. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) expects that this number will continue to increase in the coming weeks. The remaining households in temporary accommodation (72), hotels (14), or serviced apartments (2) who do not want to return to their original residence will be permanently rehoused as quickly as possible through the Council's housing register. However, due to the complexities of each individual case it is not possible to provide an exact estimate of when all households will be permanently rehoused.

We are working with RBKC to ensure residents are able to return to their homes where possible. We have allocated £15 million of funds in the last Budget, which will be matched by RBKC, to invest into the Lancaster West Estate.

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