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Budget 2017: £28 million to help with Grenfell fire aftermath

The fire in June left 71 dead and hundreds homeless.

A further £28 million has been freed up to help with the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Chancellor has announced.

Philip Hammond unveiled additional funding to help pay for mental health and counselling services, regeneration in the west London neighbourhood and a new community space.

The fire at the 24-storey block in June left 71 dead, hundreds homeless and many more requiring support for trauma.

Kensington and Chelsea Council will receive the money from central Government, Mr Hammond said.

He also made a renewed call for local authorities to accelerate efforts to ensure all high-rise towers are safe.

“This tragedy should never have happened,” he told Parliament.

“And we must ensure that nothing like it never happens again.”

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