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Updated: Grenfell Tower Tenant Management Organisation stripped of responsibility

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Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) has been stripped of its responsibility for managing the estate on which Grenfell Tower is located.

Following a meeting with survivors of the fire disaster, prime minister Theresa May announced KCTMO “will no longer have responsibility” for the Lancaster West Housing Estate.

KCTMO’s role of managing other properties across the borough is also under threat as Kensington & Chelsea RBC’s leader Elizabeth Campbell (Con) said “it is clear that public trust has been broken and there is no future role for the KCTMO”.

Speaking to Sky News Ms May said KCTMO had been “one of the issues residents had been very concerned about”.

She said “people were pleased to hear” KCTMO will no longer manage the Lancaster West estate.

A Downing Street spokesperson said, during the meeting with residents, Ms May “acknowledged residents’ concerns about the culture” of Kensington & Chelsea RBC and KCTMO.

The spokesman added: “She confirmed that the TMO will be removed from the management of the Lancaster West (Grenfell Tower) estate and she recognised that the council did not respond quickly enough after the fire. She agreed that it was important that the council listen to and respond to the issues residents face about the support and information they were receiving, including from key workers and housing officers.” 

Cllr Campbell (Con) said: “We have listened to communities and to the residents of North Kensington, and it is clear that public trust has been broken and there is no future role for the KCTMO. We are determined to act properly, thoroughly and fairly to restore trust in the council over time. 

“I spoke to the prime minister this morning, and the council is looking at all options for managing our own housing in the future. This will obviously include options for alternative management other than the KCTMO. We will, of course, consult with residents first and look for a swift but carefully managed transition.”

A KCTMO spokesman said: “We are currently in direct discussion with [Kensington & Chelsea RBC] about the detail behind this statement and are seeking to clarify this.”

This story was updated at 14.37 on 23 September to include the comments of Kensington & Chelsea RBC’s leader Elizabeth Campbell (Con), and again at 18.01 to include KCTMO’s response.

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