Permanent homes for Grenfell survivors will be ready ‘very shortly’ amid anger over ‘unsuitable’ temporary accommodation

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has insisted that some permanent homes will be ready for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire “very shortly”. 

Of the 220 households affected, just nine are in temporary accommodation with the rest still in hotels or staying with friends or family. 

But Mr Javid said that many families had chosen to turn down offers of temporary accommodation – leading MPs to question the suitability of the housing on offer in a parliamentary debate. 

Hammersmith’s Labour MP Andy Slaughter accused the Government of “lying” over its promise to provide suitable accommodation until the promised permanent homes in Kensington are ready.

He went on to call on the Government to force Kensington and Chelsea Council to use some of the £274 million it has in reserves to build social homes.

“A growing number of Grenfell survivors are being places in budget hotels in my constituency as the central London hotels fill up for the tourist season,” he said.

“Despite these being unsuitable for long stays, especially for young families, they are being booked by the month. This gives the lie to the fact that the Government has suitable accommodation ready; not temporary, not unsuitable accommodation, permanent accommodation. 

“Will the Secretary of State ask Kensington and Chelsea to take some of the £274m it has on its balance sheet and go and buy a couple of hundred homes and make sure these people have decent housing?”

Mr Javid told the House that “money was not the issue” and said instead it was the survivors choosing to stay put because they were not “ready” to move.

“I can confirm that the first new permanent homes will be available very shortly and more are being secured either in Kensington and Chelsea or very close by.

“In the meantime, good quality, fully furnished, temporary accommodation in the local area has been offered to every family.”

Emma Dent Coad, the Labour MP for…

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