British Prime Minister Theresa May apologised on Wednesday for the state’s failure to support those people who survived the massive London tower block fire, and the government secured its first tranche of new homes for displaced residents. Photographs of show apartments for sale highlight their plush interiors and extensive views over London.
Her surprise appearance was documented by fireman Rob Petty at Chelsea fire station.
“The residents of Grenfell Tower have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable and it is our duty to support them”, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.
Two of the fire fighters were greeted and personally thanked by the leader of the council as well as the mayor and mayoress of Bexley on Monday, the same day surviving tower residents cheered London Fire Brigade for their bravery as they left the scene.
“I’m anxious that former Grenfell Tower residents, who have very good reasons for refusing an offer of accommodation, because of potential difficulties with work, schooling, medical appointments, or their social network, may be penalised as a result”.
The fire has killed 79 people, and the death toll is expected to rise.
As part of its efforts, the Government has purchased apartments at an upmarket development.
Anger and protests at the government and local authorities’ handling of the tragedy have followed, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling the fire “a horrific incident”.
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Some 50 artists are included on the recording of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.
Grime star Stormzy opens the single, rapping: “I don’t know where to begin so I’ll start by saying I refuse to forget you/I refuse to be silenced/I refuse to neglect you/That’s for every last soul up in Grenfell/Even though I’ve never even met you”.
Speaking to MPs after the queen’s speech, May said the government failed to provide adequate support to survivors of the blaze during the early hours of June 14.