William Eichler 27 March 2020

Grenfell taskforce to ‘stand down’

The Government has announced that the taskforce set up to help the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea respond to the Grenfell tragedy is to stand down at the end of the month.

The Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce published its final report yesterday which said the council had permanently rehoused 95% of households from Grenfell Tower and Walk and produced an ‘ambitious new housing strategy’.

It also reported that the London borough had continued to make progress in delivering a recovery plan for the people of North Kensington and put bespoke support in place for the bereaved and survivors.

The fire which destroyed Grenfell Tower in June 2017 caused the deaths of 72 people. The taskforce was set up by the secretary of state for communities and local government to support recovery efforts.

The Government said that there were ‘some remaining challenges’, but added it felt the council was able to continue to make improvements without the taskforce.

It also announced that the former minister for Grenfell victims, Nick Hurd, has been appointed as an independent adviser to the prime minister on Grenfell.

His role will include advising the PM, other ministers and public bodies with responsibility for Grenfell-related issues, and representing the views of Grenfell communities.

‘I am determined that everyone affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy should continue receiving the support they need and deserve,’ said secretary of state for communities, Robert Jenrick.

‘I welcome the appointment of Nick Hurd, who will bring a wealth of knowledge from his former role. I know he will be a champion for the community and ensure their view is heard across Government.’

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