Number of Grenfell Tower survivors rehoused 'still low' months on from tragedy, Sajid Javid says

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The number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster temporarily or permanently rehoused is “still low” months after the tragedy, Sajid Javid has said.

The Communities Secretary added he does not want to see anyone living in emergency accommodation for “any longer than necessary”.

But he said families should not be “forced to move or make snap decisions simply so I have better numbers to report” in the Commons.

Providing an update to MPs following the summer recess, he also called on private sector owners of tower blocks to submit cladding samples for testing. 

Mr Javid said there are 196 households from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk which need a new home.

Sajid Javid previously said Grenfell residents were ‘failed by politicians’ (PA)

He said 61 households have accepted an offer of temporary accommodation and 29 have moved in, with 153 households, including all but two who suffered a bereavement, having had face-to-face meetings with the team responsible for offering permanent homes.

Mr Javid added: “164 households have used the online allocation system to look at what permanent accommodation is available.

“127 have expressed an interest in one or more properties. Viewings are continuing this week.

“So far 10 households have accepted offers and two have moved in.

“21 households that accepted offers on temporary accommodation with housing associations have asked for their tenancies to be made permanent, this is entirely fair and the council is working to make this happen.

“The number of people who have moved in to temporary or permanent homes continues to rise but I know the overall total is still low.

“One reason for the low take-up of temporary homes is that some residents simply don’t want to move twice and they have said it is their preference to stay where they are until a permanent home becomes available.”

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