Grenfell Tower victims still living in hotels will be rehomed by Christmas, officials claim



All Grenfell Tower residents still living in hotels will be rehomed by Christmas, officials have claimed.

Almost 100 residents whose lives were devastated when flames ripped through the west London tower block in June are still living in hotel rooms.

Kensington Council today said they will be moved out of the moved out of emergency accommodation by Christmas, unless they want to stay, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs.

Mr Javid said that the tragic fire, which killed around 80 people, left 203 households from the tower and neighbouring Grenfell Walk homeless.

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Water is sprayed on Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Fire service personnel inside Grenfell Tower in west London

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A view inside the Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Sniffer dogs were sent inside to the tower today

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Fire service personnel inside Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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Part of the scorched facade of the Grenfell Tower in London as firefighting continue to damp-down the deadly fire

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Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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A view inside the Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building

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So far, just 10 of them have moved into permanent new homes, with a further 44 in temporary accommodation, he told the House of Commons Communities Committee.

Another 40 households have accepted the offer of permanent homes and 17 have taken temporary accommodation, but have not yet moved in. This leaves 92 households yet to be found new homes, many of whom are living in hotels.

Asked how soon he hoped to find permanent homes for all survivors, Mr Javid said: “Our priority in doing this is to listen very carefully to what each family wants, what they say their needs are and to move at their pace.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry explained

“If they change their minds or are unclear as a family whether they want to be near their old homes or be further away or outside the borough, we are giving them time. No-one is being pushed at all in any way in trying to reach a decision.

“There are still some families, particularly bereaved families, who are not ready to make a decision and don’t want to engage in the process.” 

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Mr Javid said the council had already acquired 167 properties for use as permanent homes by Grenfell survivors, and aims to have 300 available by Christmas, including some which may be given to families from social housing near to the tower which was damaged by the fire.

The aim was to get all survivors out of emergency accommodation by Christmas, except in cases where individuals say that they wish to remain in their hotel room, said Mr Javid, adding that he had “every reason to believe” that this would be possible.



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