London fire: Minute’s silence to be held for Grenfell Tower blaze victims as PM pledges more money

A minute’s silence will be held to commemorate the victims of the horrific Grenfell Tower fire.

The quiet moment of reflection will be held at 11am on Monday, the Government announced.

It comes after the Met Police announced 58 people are now missing and presumed dead as rescue workers continue to recover bodies.

Fire raged through the 24-storey tower block in the early hours of Wednesday, trapping dozens of people in the upper floors who were unable to escape through the thick smoke.

Many people are angry at the west London blaze, believing the tragedy could have been avoided, and a criminal investigation has been launched.


People look over flowers and tributes on Saturday, three days after the tragedy. (EPA)

On Saturday night, the Government announced new measures to support those who have lost loved ones, along with members of the emergency services.

The measures were announced following the second meeting of the Grenfell Tower Recovery Taskforce, chaired by the Prime Minister.

An additional £1.5 million will be provided to pay for mental health support to the emergency services, through mental health charity Mind’s Blue Light Programme.

This will ensure those involved in the response to the tragedy are able “to receive targeted support should they need it”, Downing Street said.

Tailored bereavement support for families of the victims, those missing or people affected by the tragedy will also be provided.


The PM has pledged extra funding to help the families. (Getty Images)

Each family will be offered support from their own named mental health practitioner, in addition to police family liaison officers.

“The residents of Grenfell Tower, families who have lost loved ones, and the emergency services who have been working so hard to help them have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable,” Theresa May said.

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“As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the difficult days, weeks and years ahead.”

The specialist bereavement support for families will be provided by the NHS, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, said.

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Families will be provided a named NHS mental health practitioner if they are in need of extra psychological support or if a family liaison officer believes that they are, and obtains their agreement.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said the funding meant the Blue Light Programme would be extended and expanded.

“As recent terrible events in London and Manchester have brought to light, Blue Light workers do an extremely challenging job, encountering difficult and traumatic situations,” he said.

“That’s why it’s so important that comprehensive, ongoing mental health support is available in the short and long term.”

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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