Grenfell victims still living in temporary accommodation two years later

Photo of Grenfell victims still living in temporary accommodation two years later

Some people who lost their homes in the Grenfell Tower fire are still living in hotels and other temporary accommodation, the government admitted.

The devastating fire happened almost two years ago, but 15 households still don’t have somewhere permanent to live.

Housing minister Kit Malthouse said of those 15, ‘six whole households remain in emergency accommodation, only two in hotels, and three in serviced apartments, and one is living with family or friends’.

TOPSHOT - The remains of residential tower block Grenfell Tower are pictured, in west London on June 15, 2017, a day after it was gutted by fire. Firefighters searched for bodies today in a London tower block gutted by a blaze that has already left 12 dead, as questions grew over whether a recent refurbishment contributed to the fire. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The remains of residential tower block Grenfell Tower (Picture: Getty)

Speaking in the House of Commons, he said that while the Government is ‘very close’ to being able to rehouse everyone who lost their home a ‘small number’ of people were yet to be found new permanent accommodation.

Shadow housing secretary John Healey said: ‘Nearly two years on from that shocking national tragedy, the Government action is still on go-slow.’

People hold a vigil and commemoration near Grenfell Tower (Picture: Getty)

Mr Healey said one in ten of those from the tower, and one in three from those in the wider estate involved in the Grenfell Tower fire have still not got permanent new homes.

He added that eight out of ten buildings with similar cladding had still not had it removed and replaced.

Mr Malthouse responded: ‘We have been putting enormous effort into the rehousing of the 202 households from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk which require rehousing.

Banners are unveiled on the outside of Grenfell Tower in west London (Picture: PA)

‘Everyone has accepted an offer of either high quality temporary accommodation or permanent accommodation. A hundred and ninety six have moved in. A hundred and eighty one have moved into their permanent home, and 15 remain in temporary accommodation.

As well as those whose homes were destroyed in the fire directly, many more had to move away from the surrounding estate.

Mr Malthouse said the Government is dealing with the situation ‘slowly and sensitively’, and noted no one can be ‘compelled’ to do anything they don’t want to do.

Mr Healey said he was ‘doing the survivors a disservice’ by telling a story which is ‘at odds’ with the experience of those people affected by the fire.

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