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Supporting the response to the Grenfell tragedy

  • By Rosemary.Davenp...

London’s boroughs have mobilised hundreds of staff in support of the joint effort to help meet the needs of those affected by the devastating tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Boroughs from across the capital are continuing to support the work of the Grenfell Fire Response Team, which also relies on vital input from across London’s public services. The Team is led by the City of London Corporation Chief Executive, John Barradell and he is supported by Southwark Chief Executive, Eleanor Kelly and a number of other senior colleagues from across London.

From social work and humanitarian assistance, through community engagement to housing support, site remediation and beyond, have joined the effort of the Response Team. Over 150 staff from the 33 boroughs are supporting the Borough Emergency Co-ordination Centre and more than 180 social workers are offering direct support to people affected by the fire.

Chair of London Councils, Councillor Claire Kober said:

"London’s boroughs are determined to come together and work with our other public services to help those whose lives have been devastated by this truly awful disaster. Nothing can alter the fact of this terrible incident, but London’s councils are working with pace and intensity through the Response Team to try and improve the position of those who have lost so much in the past couple of weeks."

Looking ahead, London Councils will be working to contribute positively to the Public Inquiry that the Government has announced into this incident.

Councillor Kober said:

“We are determined to do all we can to ensure something of this type cannot happen again. We will support the establishment of the Public Inquiry and be developing our ideas on both fire safety and response to feed in to that”