Thousands paid out to Grenfell fire victims
19 June 2017 National News
More than £200,000 of government money has been paid out to 180 families directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
The payments – made up of £500 in cash and £5,000 as a bank account payment – have been coordinated by the Grenfell Response Team (GRT).
It has also been confirmed that 126 hotel places have been given to families while 78 were due to be homed in properties locally or in a neighbouring borough by Monday night.
In a statement, GRT said: “We have endeavoured to keep accommodation as local as possible, and we completely accept residents’ wishes to remain close to the community.”
It comes as hundreds of those affected by the fire – which has killed at least 79 people – marched to the tower on Monday night.
Rochelle Thomas, a local resident, said there is still anger at the lack of help and coordination: “I’m just feeling very let down by the council. I called today but got the phone hung up on me.”
She added: “I don’t have the words to say anymore. It’s just a massive let down. These are human beings, they are families.”
Another local resident, called Zee, told Sky News: “There’s still confusion, no one really knows what’s going on. I think the most shocking thing that is starting to sink in for people in the area is how – how have we been left to this?”
Newly elected MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, was one of those to speak at the march on Monday night.
She says there is total chaos in the Borough.
“People have been sleeping in cars and in parks because they don’t know where to go and they aren’t being looked after,” she said.
“Secondly they need to be re-housed permanently and thirdly they need a long-term care package, they need named people to look after, people who’ll always be there for them.”
Meanwhile police are continuing to name those who died in the fire as the investigation continues.
Some 250 officers are involved and police say they are looking at all criminal offences that may have been committed by any individual or any organisation.
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