Response to Grenfell fire not enough, admits May

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 24, 2017

The prime minister confirmed to residents that the tenant management organisation which was responsible for the high-rise building was being stripped of responsibility for the estate.

Theresa May has admitted there were flaws in the response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

At least 80 people died in the tower fire in June.

May has not had a warm reception at previous meetings, initially failing to meet survivors and then being booed during a later visit.

Mrs May herself was criticised for visiting the site and only meeting with emergency services, but appears to have taken steps to rectify this with a meeting she called "dignified".

"People were pleased to hear that".

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"She agreed that it was important that the council listen to and respond to the issues residents face about the support and information they were receiving, including from key workers and housing officers".

Last week May backed the independent probe into the disaster, led by retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has recently raised fears its focus was to "avoid criticism" for policy failures.

Her spokesman said: "The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of the independence of the inquiry, including on questions about how it was run".

The inquiry - which will examine the actions of authorities before and after the blaze, its causes, building regulations and the block's refurbishment - holds its first hearing next month, with an initial report expected by Easter.

Mrs May said the reaction to this statement had been positive.

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