The Prime Minister, who visited victims of the horror fire in hospital on Friday, insisted she was “determined” to reassure all those affected by the tragedy “the Government is there for them at this terrible time”.
“I spoke with people who ran from the fire in only the clothes they were wearing,” she said after meeting the survivors at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
“They have been left with nothing. No bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives.”
The Prime Minister, who chaired a two-hour cross-Whitehall meeting on Friday afternoon in order to agree the response package, vowed to “continue to look at what more needs to be done”.
However, she faced angry protesters after meeting other survivors at a church, with some outside shouting “coward” and “shame on you” as she left.
The support measures announced by Downing Street include:
:: Residents of Grenfell Tower will be rehoused at the earliest possible opportunity, within three weeks at the latest.
:: People will be rehoused as close as possible to their previous address, either in Kensington and Chelsea borough or a neighbouring borough, in order for them to access their same schools and GPs.
:: The cost of temporary accommodation will be covered until they are rehoused, with the Government also providing cash for any extra expense incurred by children travelling to their local school.
:: A £5m Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund will be made available immediately to Kensington and Chelsea Council to help cover the loss of possessions, pay for funerals and pay for emergency supplies.
:: The Treasury will work with banks to ensure those who lost bank cards can still access their accounts.
:: The Department for Work and Pensions will work with job centres to ensure continued access to benefits and pensions.
:: Victims of the fire will be consulted on the terms of reference for the public inquiry into the disaster.
:: Victims and their families will receive state funding for legal representation at the public inquiry.
:: Experienced civil servants from the Department for Communities and Local Government have been sent to assist Kensington and Chelsea Council.
To reassure people living in similar high-rise tower blocks, the Government is:
:: Checking “at speed” with local authorities whether all high-rise buildings in their area have complied with recent fire orders, where work has been deemed required following an inspection.
:: Conducting a fire safety review of all buildings similar to Grenfell Tower.
The Government has already announced the emergency Bellwin funding scheme, often used to help with floods, will be activated to provide financial assistance to local councils.