24 August 2017
Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Leadership Team has tonight (Thursday 24 August 2017) committed £76.5 million towards rehousing Grenfell Tower survivors.
The Council has earmarked £40 million to fund permanent accommodation for residents from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk. The money will be used to secure a supply of permanent accommodation at social housing rents so these tenants will pay no more rent for their lifetime than they would have done if still renting from the Council. For the first year, the Council has also agreed that their rent, service charges, council tax and utilities bills will be waived.
A further £20 million has been committed from the Council’s reserves to purchase properties between £500,000 and £1.5 million in W10 and W11 for survivors to live in as council housing. And £15 to £16.5 million has also been put aside to find permanent homes for the 17 leaseholders whose homes in the tower or Grenfell Walk were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable.
“We understand that Grenfell survivors have a long and difficult journey ahead as they start to rebuild their lives. We also understand that, for many, being handed the keys to a permanent home is the first part of this process,” said Council Leader Elizabeth Campbell.
“While the Council is looking to acquire homes on new developments and pre-existing properties this will take time and that’s why we are working with social housing providers to secure a supply of permanent accommodation that survivors can move into as soon as they are ready.
“To date, we have purchased more than 100 properties and over the coming months we will spend tens of millions acquiring new homes. Let me be clear, this council will not stop until every single Grenfell survivor is rehoused.”