Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Tower fire: Survivors in emergency housing 12 months on

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire will still be living in emergency accommodation 12 months after the tragedy, the government has confirmed.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire told MPs that of the 210 households affected, 201 had accepted offers of temporary or permanent accommodation.

Labour said only a third of families affected were in a permanent home.

Meanwhile, the government announced it will fund a £400m operation to remove dangerous cladding from tower blocks.

Only buildings owned by councils and housing associations will qualify.

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Conservative backbencher Kwasi Kwarteng said the government will be judged on its response to the tragedy and warned that the Tory party was at risk of losing the good will of victims of the fire.

He told the debate that there was an issue of a "polarised society".

"The suspicion today is that as the royal borough has got wealthier and wealthier, the political class, the people running the borough have really forgotten some of the less advantaged members of their community," he said.

Announcing the funding for replacing cladding during Prime Minister's Questions, Theresa May told MPs that fire and rescue services had visited more than 1,250 tower blocks around the country since the fire.

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