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Grenfell Tower residents to get payment of £5,500 within days

Fire investigation teams inside the charred remains of flats at Grenfell Tower. Credit: PA

Residents whose homes were destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire will receive a Government down-payment of at least £5,500 from Monday, it has been announced.

The news of funds for survivors to start rebuilding their lives comes a day after Theresa May admitted that the official response "was not good enough" after she met victims.

One Kensington MP also reported that some families had been forced to move to temporary housing outside of the borough and were living on subsistence funding of just £10 per day.

Today's statement said that every household whose home had been destroyed would get a minimum payment of £5,500 within days to meet their immediate needs.

The money will come from a £5 million pot of emergency government funding to help those caught up in the disaster which was previously announced by Theresa May.

The £5 million fund may be topped up if more money is needed, Downing Street said. Credit: PA

A first lump of £500 had already been made available, it said, and a further £5,000 would be given to each household from Monday onwards.

It added that additional cash from the fund would be available o help meet the costs of funerals for those killed or for families with complex or additional needs

As we continue to respond to the needs of the community, our focus is on ensuring that all of those affected by this unimaginable tragedy get the right support as quickly as possible.

My government will continue to do absolutely everything possible to help all of those affected through the difficult days, weeks, months and years ahead.

– Theresa May

Mrs May yesterday announced a package of support and assurances for those caught up in the blaze.

A group of residents today thanked the Prime Minister - but stressed that now "real action and immediate results" were now needed.

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