Today the Government announced the first tranche of permanent new homes to rehouse residents from Grenfell Tower. As part of this initiative 68 homes will be purchased and managed by the City of London Corporation as part of our planned housing progamme, with allocations delegated to Kensington and Chelsea Council. This means victims of the terrible Grenfell fire can stay within their borough.
The City of London Corporation already provides council housing across seven London boroughs and it is committed to delivering 3,700 new homes on sites across the capital. This urgent initiative to purchase 68 home to house victims of the Grenfell fire shows how the City can take swift action and make a real difference.
Another example of action initiated by the City was when, following the terrorist attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Borough Market, the City Bridge Trust provided a £75,000 grant as well as staff and office space to the London Emergencies Trust, which was set up after the Westminster Bridge attack earlier this year, working closely with the British Red Cross and City Hall.
As Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “We will continue our work in tackling London’s inequality, bridging divides and strengthening our communities to improve the lives of our extraordinary city and its people.”
68 homes released in Kensington and Chelsea