Statement by leader of the council on Grenfell Tower Fire

“We have offered support to colleagues at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and will stay in contact with them to continue to offer help over the coming days.
 
“The cause of the fire is unknown, but I do want to reassure you that we have a strict and rigorous fire safety inspection regime in place. All of our tower blocks are fully compliant and independent inspections are carried out regularly. 
 
“In light of these tragic events, we will now be going door to door in all of our tower blocks to provide reassurance to our residents, hand out fire safety information and help them with any concerns they may have.” 
 
London Fire Brigade advise that people who live in high rise properties or purpose built flats and maisonettes, aside from having a working smoke alarm and taking fire safety precautions, should make sure that they know their escape plan and what to do if there is a fire inside their home or somewhere else in the building. Full information on this is available at http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/know-the-plan.asp

The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation has set up a fundraising page for cash donations. To donate please visit its website - https://thekandcfoundation.com/donate/ - and when you have indicated the amount you wish to donate, tick the box Grenfell Tower Appeal. Every penny raised will go to those affected.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will continue to update its statement on the fire and its relief operation - www.rbkc.gov.uk/newsroom/all-council-statements/fire-grenfell-tower

The flag on Ealing Town Hall will be flown at half-mast to show respect to those who died, have been injured or lost their homes.