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Residents of flats near Grenfell Tower ‘to receive £2.7m in council support’

The amount will cover grants, redecoration and cleaning services.

The package of support for residents in flats neighbouring the charred remains of Grenfell Tower is expected to cost in the millions, the council estimates.

Households from the three “finger” blocks near the high-rise – Testerton, Barandon and Hurstway Walks – are expected to receive “in the region of £2.7 million” in support from Kensington and Chelsea Council.

The amount is based on the assumption that all households will take up offers of support and will cover grants, redecoration and cleaning services as residents attempt to rebuild their lives after the blaze tragedy, in which at least 80 people died.

But it does not include the loss of revenue from the months where rent and service charges have been waived, nor a cost estimation of support for those who lived in the tower.

Council officers will “explore” whether some of these costs can be mitigated through insurance or funding from central Government, but the majority of the burden is anticipated to fall on the local authority.

The report, signed by Clare Chamberlain, director of children’s services for the borough, details the level of help available following a proposed offer of support sent by letter in July.

In their feedback, residents said they wanted reassurances about the future of the Lancaster West estate, their safety concerns addressed, repairs carried out and more information on rehousing.

It was also felt that a one-off £5,000 payment should be extended to residents who did not wish to return to their homes, which the council has agreed.

RBKC said that currently 149 households from the three blocks are in temporary accommodation – the majority in hotels.

A number have returned to their homes, but others did not want to or were unable to.

The council has said anyone who does not want to go back to their home can remain in temporary accommodation until rehoused.

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