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Fire council seeks to house Grenfell Tower victims elsewhere

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Kensington & Chelsea RBC has admitted it will need to find accommodation elsewhere in London to house those made homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The council had earlier said it had found temporary accommodation for 109 households in hotels in west London, while housing minister Alok Sharma said the government would work with Kensington & Chelsea to “guarantee that every single family from Grenfell Tower will be rehoused in the local area”.

Other boroughs including Hammersmith & Fulham and Southwark LBCs, and Westminster City Council had said they had offered assistance but this had not been taken up.

But in its latest statement Kensington & Chelsea said: “We are now looking to source interim accommodation for those Grenfell Tower residents and also trying to assist, where possible, elderly and vulnerable residents from surrounding areas who have been unable to return to their homes due to the safety cordon.

“While we will try do our upmost to ensure those affected remain in or near the borough, given the number of households involved, it is possible the council will have to explore housing options that may become available in other parts of the capital.”

Southwark leader Peter John (Lab), whose councils had to deal with the fatal 2009 Lakanal House fire, told LGC he doubted any council was equipped to respond alone to the consequences of a disaster like Grenfell Tower.

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