World MPs tear into ministers over the Grenfell Tower disaster as it emerges two thirds of those affected have STILL not been rehoused a year after the inferno

08:57  15 may  2018
08:57  15 may  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The news comes after Mr Sharma guaranteed residents would be rehoused in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He told MPs on Thursday the 'government will guarantee that every single family from Grenfell Tower will be rehoused in the local area.'

Even now after nearly a week that 's still the case.' Fellow-London MP David Lammy tweeted: 'Hearing that Grenfell Tower survivors not wanting to be rehoused elsewhere eg. in Preston ( over 200 miles away) are being threatened with being declared 'intentionally homeless'

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MPs today tore into ministers for the failures surrounding the Grenfell Tower disaster as it emerged two thirds of those left homeless have still not been give new homes a year after the tragedy.

Labour politicians said Theresa May had 'failed' to ensure the public inquiry into the inferno represented the communities torn apart by it.

And 11 months after the blaze tore through the tower block, most of those displaced by it are still living in hotel rooms and temporary accommodation, MPs heard.

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Mr Sharma was providing an update to the Commons on efforts to rehouse survivors affected by the devastating fire, with Wednesday marking the three-week deadline set by Prime Minister Theresa May to temporarily rehouse every former Grenfell Tower resident.

Minister chokes back tears as he tells MPs how meeting the survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster was the 'most humbling and moving experience of my life'. Local Government Minister Alok Sharma broke down as he addressed MPs .

Eleven months after the blaze tore through the tower block, most of those displaced by it are still living in hotel rooms and temporary accommodation, MPs heard. Eleven months after the blaze tore through the tower block, most of those displaced by it are still living in hotel rooms and temporary accommodation, MPs heard. Meanwhile, local housing associations in the borough of Kensington where the fire happened, and other nearby boroughs are still selling off their homes.

The revelations were made  in a packed debate into Grenfell Tower and the public inquiry into it in Parliament's Westminster hall today.

Labour MP David Lammy, who lost his friend Khadija Saye, 24, in the fire, said: 'From the start the Prime Minister has failed to recognise who this inquiry is actually for.

'Today nearly one year on from the Grenfell fire disaster, and despite all the promises that have been made, 72 Grenfell households are still living in hotel rooms, a further 64 are still in temporary accommodation, and only a third have been housed.'

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Housing Minister Alok Sharma told MPs yesterday that the Government guaranteed ' that every single family' from the Tower will be rehoused in the local area. As MPs gathered in Westminster Hall yesterday to question ministers about the blaze

Grenfell Tower will probably be brought down by the end of next year - and will be wrapped to preserve it until then. Michael Lockwood, pictured, Grenfell 's site manager, says that some of the flats are still perfect and those residents can go back in soon to get their belongings.

a group of people sitting in front of a crowd: MP (pictured standing for a 72 second silence to remember the Grenfell victims in parliament today) tore into ministers for failing to do enough in the wake of Grenfell as they insisted lessons must be learnt from the tragedy© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited MP (pictured standing for a 72 second silence to remember the Grenfell victims in parliament today) tore into ministers for failing to do enough in the wake of Grenfell as they insisted lessons must be learnt from the tragedy He said the public inquiry must gain the trust of the community who lost their family, friends and homes in the inferno - Britain's worst post war fire.

Mr Lammy said: 'The inquiry...is for everyone who is grieving and carrying around the loss like a scar burning in their soul.....its for the people still living in hotel rooms 11 months on.

'The people have been badly let down...of course there is deep mistrust. Of course they have no faith in the Government or the establishment.'

a man wearing a suit and tie: Labour MP David Lammy (pictured in today's debate in Parliament) who lost his friend Khadija Saye, 24, said most of those left homeless are still living in temporary accommodation and hotel rooms© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Labour MP David Lammy (pictured in today's debate in Parliament) who lost his friend Khadija Saye, 24, said most of those left homeless are still living in temporary accommodation and hotel rooms Karen Buck, Labour MP for Westminster north, said she had been left 'shocked' the London Housing associations 'are still auctioning properties on the open market in areas like Kensington and Hammersmith...when there is a possibility some of those properties could be used to meet the needs.'

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It emerged overnight that ministers were warned numerous times over the cladding that turned the Grenfell Tower into an inferno but ignored the advice of fire experts.

The full scope of the Grenfell disaster inquiry has been revealed by the government today. His ruling was later overturned in the Supreme Court, but, with the majority of those who escaped the tower waiting to be rehoused , Sir Martin's decision-making prompted alarm.

The emotional debate started with a 72-second silence in memory of all those killed as a result of the fire.

And Tory MP opened it by reading out the names of the 72 people killed.

Emma Dent Coad, the local Labour MP in Kensington, said the epopele of Grenfell have bene let down time and again by ministers.

a group of people standing in a room: labour MP Emma Dent Coad, pictured, with red hair, centre) joined other MPs in bowing their heads for the silence ahead of the debate© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited labour MP Emma Dent Coad, pictured, with red hair, centre) joined other MPs in bowing their heads for the silence ahead of the debate She said: 'On 15 June 2017 the day after the fire, while the tower was still smoldering the then communities secretary said funding would be available to families...and  guaranteed that every local family would be re-homed in the local area - a guarantee not delivered.'

Ms Dent-Coad said the local housing team are 'on their knees' and desperately need the Government to step in tohep them.

The debate was called after over 100,000 people signed a petition calling for the public inquiry to be broadened to reflect the diversity of the community.

Members of the community were in Westminster Hall to watch the debate as others staged a protest in parliament Square outside.

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