An “independent recovery taskforce” will be sent into Kensington and Chelsea RBC to help the council deal with the longer term recovery from the Grenfell Tower fire, the communities secretary has announced
The move is reported to have come following a request for Department for Communties & Local Government assistance from new borough leader Elizabeth Campbell (Con). It is not the same as commissioner-led intervention that has been called for by London mayor Sadiq Khan and others.
In a statement Sajid Javid said the work of the Grenfell Response Team, led by City of London Corporation chief executive John Barradell, was making a “huge difference” in the short term but the latest “intervention” would put in place “the foundations that will support the longer term recovery.”
He added: “The scale of the recovery effort needed on the Lancaster West estate in the months to come cannot be underestimated… The challenge of providing that support is and will continue to be significant. I want to help the council meet that challenge.”
Cllr Campbell was elected by the Conservtive group over the weekend and her position is expected to be officially confirmed at a full council meeting later this month.
She said: “We have a lot of very dedicated council staff working to provide help and support to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
“But the unprecedented scale of this incident makes it impossible for one organisation to cope on its own.
“That’s why my first action as leader was to ask DCLG for help, and I’m delighted they have been so swift to respond.”
Further information and details of who will be a part of this taskforce will be announced within the following few weeks