Grenfell Tower

It is impossible to comprehend what those affected by the fire has been going through. The response of everyone who provided help, compassion and support has once again shown the community spirit in north Kensington and the best of Britain. I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services, who put their lives in danger to save others.

I completely understand the shock, concern, anger and frustration that exists as a result of the fire. The Prime Minister has ordered a full, judge-led public inquiry, which will give people the answers they deserve, this inquiry will involve the residents and their families throughout.

The Grenfell Tower Recovery task force was set up in the aftermath of the tragedy to ensure a coordinated response. It is chaired by the Prime Minister and includes representation from a number of government departments. The government is working with the local authority to ensure that people who lost their homes in the disaster are re-housed in the local area at the earliest opportunity (within 3 weeks at the latest). The government is also working with local authorities, housing associations, fire and rescue services, and fire safety experts to ensure that all similar buildings are checked and that residents are assured of this.

A new £5 million Grenfell Tower Residents' Discretionary Fund has also been made immediately available to help those who had to flee their homes. Every household whose home has been destroyed will receive a guaranteed £5,500 minimum down payment from the fund. This money could be used to cover loss of possessions, funerals and emergency supplies. I understand that the fund will be kept under review and will increase if necessary.