May under pressure to replace council over London blaze


Pilgrim Tucker, a community organiser working with the Grenfell Action Group, also tweeted on Saturday: "All bar one of the evacuated residents from uninhabitable blocks around Grenfell I spoke to this morning are having rent deducted by council".

The state officials would take over running the day-to-day affairs of the entire council, which saw three high-profile figures quit on Friday and has been heavily criticised for its actions before and after the inferno which took place on June 14.

She said: 'If we don't get a good terms of reference for the public inquiry and we don't get a wide remit so that those people can take responsibility for what they've done, then we won't participate in it.

The survivor was upset to discover the deduction, said Yvette Williams, a Justice 4 Grenfell coordinator.

"Oh come on, that's a tiny thing", she said.

Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who will lead the probe, had previously said he was doubtful the investigation would be far-reaching enough to satisfy those who survived the blaze.

But British Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said that while he supported the decision by the Kensington and Chelsea Council's leader to resign on Friday, now was not the time for the central government to get directly involved.

Residents condemned the response to the tragedy, calling it "absolute chaos" as relief efforts on the ground were limited.

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"Confidence in Kensington and Chelsea Council is at rock bottom - for reassurance and clarity, the council must release financial information on all rental income they have collected".

Tory councillor Catherine Faulks stressed she was "not saying it's a tiny thing", and acknowledged it would be very upsetting for the affected person, but insisted the council is providing a "a lot of hand-holding" for survivors, including assigning an individual social worker to each family.

"The scale of this tragedy was always going to mean that one borough alone would never have sufficient resources to respond to all the needs of the survivors - and those made homeless - on its own", he said, adding that his council had also been criticized for "failing to answer all the questions that people have".

"I'm very sorry to hear that's happened, but that person to whom that has happened will have one person connection they can go to to sort it out".

"Of course she is distressed, we have all seen the tower and what it looks like, everyone is living there".

To the best of our knowledge the rent charges for Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk were stopped.

The Government has warned that directly appointed commissioners could take over Kensington and Chelsea council and said it would keep "a close eye" on proceedings following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

"But if anyone has had money inadvertently taken as part of a direct debit or standing order we will make arrangements to have it immediately refunded".

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