1. ITV Report

Basildon Council offers temporary accommodation for families affected by Grenfell Tower fire

At least 79 people are known to have died in the fire. Credit: PA

Basildon Council has offered to find temporary accommodation in the town for families who lost their homes in the recent Grenfell Tower fire.

The devastating blaze in west London killed at least 79 people, while many of the survivors were made homeless.

Following the tragedy, Basildon Council’s Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee Cllr Gavin Callaghan decided to write to the leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council to let them know that help is available if required.

The government has ordered councils across the UK to check cladding on tower blocks after the fire. Credit: PA
  • The letter in full

Dear Cllr Paget-Brown,

I write to you on behalf of Basildon Borough Council to express our deep sadness following the tragic events and loss of life at the Grenfell Tower fire on Wednesday 14th June.

I have asked our Housing Team to make contact with your officers to offer any temporary accommodation we may have, for affected families. We understand this will be a priority for you and so any support we can offer, we gladly do so.

I am also aware the Basildon and Billericay Street Pastors have already been in the local area close to the Grenfell Tower, providing help and support for victims' families and friends.

On behalf of people across the whole of the Basildon Borough we send our heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and their homes.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything our Borough can do.

– Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee