Created: Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:07
Written by Will Harney and Fred Carlton
Yo, Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?
What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals,
and you got the cheek to call us savages,
you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages,
we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.
- Stormzy at the Brit Awards, February 2018
On 22 March, the Housing and Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, admitted that the government would fail to meet its pledge to permanently rehouse all the survivors of Grenfell Tower within a year of the fire that killed at least 72 people on 14 June 2017. He blamed the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) for ‘unacceptable delays’. Nine months after the fire, of 209 households made homeless, only 62 have been moved into permanent accommodation. 82 households, including 39 children, are still living in inadequate and often unsafe emergency accommodation. It has emerged that the council has spent nearly £21m on hotel bills for survivors since June 2017 – three times what it cost to build Grenfell Tower in the first place. Will Harney and Fred Carlton report.
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