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Minute’s silence announced over Grenfell Tower disaster

The Government has announced new measures to support those affected by the fire.

The Government has announced a minute’s silence to remember those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.

All Government buildings will mark the silence, at 11am on Monday, and other organisations may also observe it.

On Saturday night, the Government announced new measures to support those who have lost loved ones, along with members of the emergency services. The measures were announced following the second meeting of the Grenfell Tower Recovery Taskforce, chaired by the Prime Minister.

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Tributes outside Notting Hill Methodist Church (Yui Mok/PA)

An additional £1.5 million will be provided to pay for mental health support to the emergency services, through mental health charity Mind’s Blue Light Programme.

This will ensure those involved in the response to the tragedy are able “to receive targeted support should they need it”, Downing Street said.

Tailored bereavement support for families of the victims, those missing or people affected by the tragedy will also be provided.

Each family will be offered support from their own named mental health practitioner, in addition to police family liaison officers.

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Theresa May announced additional support for those affected by the disaster (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“The residents of Grenfell Tower, families who have lost loved ones, and the emergency services who have been working so hard to help them have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable,” Theresa May said.

“As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the difficult days, weeks and years ahead.”

The specialist bereavement support for families will be provided by the NHS, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, said.

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Children light candles at Notting Hill Methodist Church (Yui Mok/PA)

Families will be provided a named NHS mental health practitioner if they are in need of extra psychological support or if a family liaison officer believes that they are, and obtains their agreement.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said the funding meant the Blue Light Programme would be extended and expanded.

“As recent terrible events in London and Manchester have brought to light, Blue Light workers do an extremely challenging job, encountering difficult and traumatic situations,” he said.

“That’s why it’s so important that comprehensive, ongoing mental health support is available in the short and long term.”

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