On Monday 6th November in response to a statement by the Secretary of State for Communities on the Grenfell Recovery Taskforce, I asked the Secretary of State why the Government did not bring in Commissioners to take over the running of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea following the Grenfell fire.
It breaks my heart that many of these people—over two thirds of them—will not be housed by Christmas. Given that the taskforce has found the council to be so inept, is it not right that the Secretary of State should have brought in commissioners? What guarantees can he now give these families that they will be housed? The general tone of today’s statement has lacked the urgency and compassion that are still required.