While at least 58 are now missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, British Prime Minister Theresa May admitted that support for families in the “initial hours” was “not good enough“. “We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached”. “And therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead”, he said.
Speaking outside St Clement’s Church, Mr Khan said: “There is a feeling from the community that they have been treated badly because some of them are poor”.
“The tragedy we’re seeing is because of the consequences of mistakes and neglect from politicians, from the council and from the government”.
Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry into what caused the apartment that once housed almost 600 people in 120 units, to go up into flames.
But Mark Cripps, a spokesman for Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro, said the Ontario Building Code also stipulates that if “combustible cladding” is used on a building over three storeys, the structure must be equipped with automatic sprinkler protection.
It was reported that the material used in the cladding covering Grenfell was Reynobond PE – a cheaper, more flammable version of two available options.
Hammond told a weekly BBC politics show that a criminal investigation will examine whether building regulations had been breached when the block was renovated.
There were emotional scenes at the site in north Kensington at 11am as firefighters halted work to join residents for a minute’s silence held to remember those who lost their lives and all others affected by the blaze.
“It’s not true to say there are no councillors around, it’s not true to say Kensington and Chelsea council is not evident”.
Volunteer Nisha Parti claimed survivors are being given just £10 a day to live on by the council and are unable to access the huge donations pledged by members of the public.
She told ITV’s Peston On Sunday: “There is money pouring in from all these wonderful volunteers, we can’t get access to the money and we cannot get it to the families”.
The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to fire survivors, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.
‘My government will continue to do absolutely everything possible to help all of those affected through the hard days, weeks, months and years ahead’.
Two British ministers said Sunday that the new exterior cladding used in a renovation on Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.
Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people “if there is evidence”.
‘But being with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade when I was in there, colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and other police officers, I think it’s fair to say it is incredibly emotional working in there.
He also formally identified the first person known to have died as 23-year-old Mohammad al-Hajjali, a Syrian refugee.
“The awful reality of the fire that night means that we are supporting some people who may have lost a number of members of their family on that night”, Cundy said.
She added: “I have ordered that more staff be deployed across the area, wearing high-visibility clothing, so they can easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided”.