Council response to the protest Friday 16 June

Council's response to the protest (Friday 16 June 2017) and the questions raised by the protesters. 

1. Written commitment from the Council on immediate rehousing of all the victims of Grenfell Tower fire, within the borough.

We plan to house residents of Grenfell Tower as locally as we can. But we may well need help from our close neighbours. We want to rehouse people in a good home as quickly as we can. The Council is committed to looking after the immediate and longer-term housing needs of all those affected by the fire.

2. Immediate release of funds to cover costs of welfare and all losses suffered by the victims.

We are already releasing funds to take care of the immediate needs of those affected as well as other support. We are absolutely committed to supporting anyone affected in the days, weeks and months ahead. But if you know of individuals or families who you feel aren’t getting help, then please let us know so we can help to them as quickly as possible.

3. Commission investigation into the recent £10m refurbishment project of the same tower, and bring those who failed to install adequate health and safety measures and equipment at the building.

We entirely support the calling of the public inquiry and will cooperate in whatever way we can with it so that local people have all the answers about what has happened. We would also work with others to enable the release of any interim reports as quickly as possible.

4. Release full list of victims of the tragedy so families can bereave their dead.

This is not a matter for the Council but for the coroner, police and other emergency services. But, we understand that this is a hugely distressing time for everyone affected and we will do all we can with our police colleagues to support people.

5. Commission investigation into all other similar buildings in the borough to identify fire, health and safety risks and put in place immediate control measures. 

We understand the community will not want us to wait until the conclusion of any formal public inquiry before we understand what lessons may have to be learned. That’s why we will shortly commission a fire safety audit in all similar buildings throughout the borough and we will certainly act on the findings.