HCLG committee challenges government and council over Grenfell support

Letter highlights concerns raised during recent evidence sessions.

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Clive Betts MP, chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, has written to the government and Kensington and Chelsea Council to highlight concerns raised during recent evidence sessions about the ongoing support for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The letter to home office minister Nick Hurd, leader of the council Elizabeth Campbell and chief executive Barry Quirk calls for the government to ensure the council has rehoused all residents requiring a new home by the end of the summer, while keeping open the option for them to move to a different property in the future.

It specifically cites concerns expressed by some witnesses that the minister and other key individuals needed to be more proactive in engaging with the community and the range of groups representing people affected by the fire.

Also acknowledged is a need to ensure ‘the necessary resources’ are in place to provide proper support for residents, including mental health services.

The committee has held two evidence sessions to examine the level of support for those affected by the fire and heard from a wide range of groups and representatives along with Hurd, Campbell and Quirk.

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