Flats acquired in new upmarket development for Grenfell Tower blaze survivors


Dave Curry, chief officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said sprinklers are a "proven" way to prevent the spread of fire in buildings and can "drastically reduce the threat to life".

"That was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most".

Prime Minister Theresa May, already politically weakened since losing her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election, was heavily criticised for her personal handling of the tower fire, which was perceived to be insensitive.

May spoke before Parliament following Queen Elizabeth II's Queen's Speech, a traditional address laying out the government's intentions before a new session of the U.K. Parliament begins. Wiping away tears, she was said to be overheard asking if anyone needed help.

GRT said in a statement: "Work is on to assess the housing needs of all affected families to identify suitable accommodation in Kensington and Chelsea and neighbouring boroughs".

On Monday, the Met announced that 79 people are dead or missing presumed dead following the fire on Wednesday, June 14.

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Prices for apartments in the complex, located about 1½ miles south of Grenfell Tower in a highly desirable area, start at £1.6 million ($2 million) for private buyers, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.

The homes acquired by the government will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats across two blocks, the news release said.

"We will work night and day to get these homes ready".

Butler also confirmed she will be writing to central government "challenging them to give us more support" in plans to make the borough safer.

Ms Constance told MSPs: "Local authorities who had intimated that they have high-rise blocks of over 18 metres, dwelling houses of over 18 metres high, they were asked very specific questions yesterday by the housing minister on cladding and whether they had cladding that was made from aluminium composite material".