News 21 June 2017
Author: Trudy Barry

The government is finally coming through for the Grenfell survivors

Author Trudy Barry
21 June 2017

The government has announced plans to re-home the survivors of last week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The death toll of the fire is now at least 79 with several still missing; the ones who did survive are now homeless.

The government has been hounded for its decisions leading up to the fire and its lack of response to help victims in the days following. Now, it has been announced that “newly built social housing” will be provided for them.

68 flats in a luxury building in the Kensington Row complex, with the apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms. Each flat is valued at £1.5 million and the building includes a 24 hour concierge service and private cinema. However it has not been confirmed whether the Grenfell residents will have access to the same benefits as the private owners.

Speaking about the decision, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said, “[Grenfell residents had been through] some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable. Our priority is to get everyone who has lost their home permanently rehoused locally as soon as possible, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.”

The flats are in their final stages of construction now with hopes to move in residents at the end of July.