Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are being handed just £10 by council officials, it is claimed, despite millions in relief money being donated by the public. West London film producer Nisha Parti who has been helping homeless victims of the disaster said survivors have been handed “a tenner” as they check in to hotels.
She said volunteers are unable to access any money, despite public donations reaching more than £3m and after Theresa May pledged £5m in Government aid.
Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, she said: “Kensington and Chelsea are giving £10 to the survivors when they go to hotels. ”There is money pouring in from all these amazing volunteers, we can’t get access to the money and we cannot get it to the families.“ Asked by Robert Peston why volunteers were unable to access relief funds, she said: ”Because no one’s telling us where it is. “Victims were going to hotels, arriving at hotels, with no one from the council to greet them, to check them in, to give them clothes and food.
”Volunteers are now going to hotels with food packages, with cash that they’re trying to find because they have nothing.“ David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, told the programme it is a ”scandal“ that the public and charities are being forced to plug the gap because local government is unable to co-ordinate relief. He said: ”I met people yesterday who had been given that £10. They have lost everything. Why are we behaving like this is Victorian England where charity steps in, people step in, but we don’t have local government able to co-ordinate. “We know how to do this. We did it after the riots, we do it after floods, so you’ve got to ask why these people in Kensington and Chelsea are not getting it. What’s different to them than exists in the rest of the country? It’s an outrage. It’s a scandal. It’s appalling.”
‘Duty of care’
Eve Allison, a Conservative who sits on Kensington and Chelsea Council, said the council has a duty of care to survivors of the fire. She told BBC Breakfast: “The mood is sombre and the community continue to do what we can. The danger is when hope starts to fade, and from hope then what you’ll find is despair. ”It is on our watch, it’s our responsibility. We do have a duty of care to all our residents and whatever findings and failings come out, they have to come out soon because all the community, the victims, the families, people need answers