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Grenfell: 17 families still living in temporary homes

REMEMBERED: People gather as doves are released outside St Helens church, London, following a service to mark the two-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower block fire

AS THE UK marks two years since the Grenfell Tower fire, it has been revealed that 17 families are still without permanent homes - despite Theresa May promising that all affected families would be rehoused within three weeks.

As a result,. Fire survivors today have criticised Kensington and Chelsea council over families temporary accommodation.

Shahin Sadafi, a former chairman of Grenfell United, said: “All these apologies do not amount to anything — at the end of the day there are still families that are homeless, living in temporary accommodation and that has a lot of ramifications. It doesn’t allow people to get on with their lives.”

According to the Standard, one survivor is living in a hotel because the home he was flooded and became a fire risk. While another, Bobby Ross, said he was supposed to move into a flat in Kensington but water was flooding the patio and pouring through a light fitting in the ceiling.

He told Sky News: “I feel like every time I’ve tried to take a step forward, I’m taking 10 back. I just feel defeated in all aspects. I am depressed, I don’t sleep or eat.”

MEMORY

THe UK have been marking the second anniversary of the tragedy which claimed 72 lives and left families and communities torn apart.

Kensington Palace and Downing Street were among the landmarks that were lit up green - the color of Grenfell campaign for justice.

Hundreds of people have lit candles and a march is planned for later today.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The thoughts and prayers of all Londoners are today with the Grenfell community and everyone affected by those terrible events two years ago. We will never forget those 72 lives that were so tragically taken away.

“We will also forever remember the heroic efforts of our emergency services that night and the inspiring way the community has come together in the face of such adversity.

“In memory of the 72 lives we lost, it is vital that nothing like this can ever happen again. That is why I promise to continue pressing the government to deliver the changes that must be the lasting legacy of this horrific tragedy.”

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