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Chancellor frees up further £28 million for Grenfell

A further £28 million has been freed up to help with the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled additional funding to help pay for mental health and counselling services, regeneration in the west London neighbourhood and a new community space.

The fire at the 24-storey block in June left 71 dead, hundreds homeless and many more requiring support for trauma. Kensington and Chelsea Council will receive the money from central Government, Mr Hammond said.

He also made a renewed call for local authorities to accelerate efforts to ensure all high-rise towers are safe.

This tragedy should never have happened. And we must ensure that nothing like it never happens again.

All local authorities and housing associations must carry out any identified, necessary safety works as soon as possible. And if any local authority cannot access funding to pay for essential fire safety work, they should contact us immediately. I have said before, and I will say again today, we will not allow financial constraints to get in the way of any essential fire safety work.

– Philip Hammond, Chancellor

His announcement comes as the final two victims of the fire, mother and daughter Victoria King and Alexandra Atala, were due to have their inquests opened at Westminster Coroner's Court.