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Grenfell Tower fire: 650 London homes evacuated

Some 650 households on the Chalcots estate in north London are being evacuated to allow "urgent fire safety works" to take place in the wake of the fatal Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed at least 79 lives.

  • Camden Council earlier identified a number of blocks in the borough used similar cladding to that used in Grenfell Tower
  • The authority said that while the insulation was safe, the external cladding was not up to the expected standard and the work would last several weeks
  • Those living in four of the five tower blocks on the north London estate are being moved into temporary accommodation
  • The works to make the towers safe is expected to take between four and six weeks
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Some Grenfell survivors 'living on just £10 per day'

Some families have been moved far from home with little support, it was claimed. Credit: PA

Some victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster have been temporarily housed far from home and are living on just £10 a day, the MP for Kensington has claimed.

Emma Dent Coad said she had been told of families struggling on tiny daily payments as she called for more to be done help them in a letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

I have been told that some people who have lost their homes have been sent out of borough and are being given only £10 per day subsistence.

If this is accurate it must be addressed without delay.

– Emma Dent Coad

Ms Coad said support should be available round the clock and called for assurances that those who lost their homes would be re-housed nearby so they could remain close to their schools, jobs and support networks.

She spoke out after Theresa May admitted that not enough had been done to help families caught up the tragedy and promised more support.

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