Statement about support from councils across London following the Grenfell Tower fire

  • By London Councils

Councils across London are providing support to the team working on recovery efforts following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

London local government's established resilience arrangements provide for a collective effort, under the direction of a pan London local authority Gold Team in cases where the scale and complexity of the operation is too large for any individual council to deal with. These arrangements have been invoked.

Councils across  London‎ are contributing a significant resource to ensure comprehensive humanitarian assistance is available. This includes support in managing and staffing the Community Assistance Centre; running a  helpline; providing mental health and wellbeing support; providing help and guidance on housing and temporary accommodation; co-ordinating donations and help in kind.

Councils are also working with closely with the third sector and volunteers and critical ongoing liaison with the emergency services.

Chief executives and key officers from the City of London Corporation, Hounslow, Bromley, Ealing, Harrow, Southwark and Westminster have stepped in to leadership roles in the immediate aftermath of this response being triggered. They are being supported by officers from practically every London borough and are, of course, working closely with Kensington and Chelsea officers.

Chief executives and key officers‎ from a range of other boroughs will be taking on further leadership roles in the coming days.

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