Taskforce releases report on Kensington and Chelsea Council Grenfell response

This past week has seen a flurry of reports, statements and newspaper articles relating to the Government’s Taskforce Report into the Council’s response in the months since the Grenfell Fire. The twenty page report is available here, while the introduction to the report by Sajid Javid is available at this link.

While the Council does accept the majority of criticisms in the report, it rejected that its officers lack empathy and understanding. It is worth noting that some of the comments the Council and the Taskforce agree on may not meet with  the universal approval of Lancaster West residents and survivors of the fire such as item 4, “Rehousing large numbers of households in a timely manner requires a balance between achieving pace and meeting individual need. We have a clear rehousing strategy and the targets, mentioned above, of moving all who want to leave emergency accommodation into temporary accommodation by Christmas, and offering all households from the Tower and Walk permanent accommodation by next June”. The latter points were challenged passionately by residents and survivors of the fire at the recent Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee.

The RBKC response to the report is available for download at this link