Government confirms emergency funding to deal with aftermath of Grenfell fire

 
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Dozens Remain Unaccounted For Following Grenfell Tower Fire In London
Emergency services are still looking for victims of the fire (Source: Getty)

The government has confirmed emergency funding will be available in response to the Grenfell Tower fire, which has killed at least 17 people.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has said that the emergency Bellwin scheme will be activated to support the immediate response operation following the disaster.

Under the scheme, financial assistance is available to local authorities to help with immediate costs following a disaster or emergency in their area that involves danger to life or property. They can apply to have 100 per cent of their eligible costs above a threshold reimbursed.

Sajid Javid said:

As the Prime Minister has been clear, the government stands ready to help in anyway possible. We’re determined to stand squarely behind the affected communities.

Funding through the Bellwin scheme will help councils support the community to get back on their feet.

The news comes as emergency services said that the search for remaining victims could said weeks, while survivors who have lost their homes have been temporarily moved to hotels.

Housing minister Alok Sharma has said the government is working with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to ensure that "every single family will be re-housed in the local area".

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