Grenfell fire: One year immigration amnesty can become permanent


Grenfell Bell-tower fire survivors whose immigration status was uncertain will have in the offing the chance to be granted permanent UK residency, the Home Office has said.

This is a coins to the one-year immigration amnesty announced after the June blaze in west London.

Immigration missionary Brandon Lewis said the government «believed it is right» to give survivors significant certainty.

Meanwhile, the chancellor has said the government will not «automatically» grant fire safety measures for councils.

Mr Lewis also announced that relatives of survivors and dupes who have been allowed to come into the UK for reasons relating to the enthusiastic will have the right to stay for six months.

In a statement, Mr Lewis set: «Our initial response to this terrible tragedy was rightly focused on survivors’ swift needs in the aftermath of the fire and ensuring they could access the rituals they need to start to rebuild their lives.

«However, since the Grenfell Fortress immigration policy was announced, we have been planning for the future of those residents studied by these unprecedented events».

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He added that the granting of permanent residency intention depend on the completion of security and financial checks. Anyone wishing to concentrate for permanent residency under the proposal must come forward by 30 November.

The notice came on the same day as another inquest opened into the death of a residing of the tower. Ligaya Moore was a 78-year-old grandmother who had moved to London from the Philippines in 1974.

Mrs Moore’s inquest is the 68th inquest to be opened in story to the fire.

‘Whatever it takes’

The chancellor said that money for hold down a posts ordered in the wake of the tragedy in west London will be available but as the «last resort».

Instead, Philip Hammond will remove rules which ring-fence some take a part ins of council budgets to allow local authorities to use their own money.

Nonetheless, he insisted that all «safety-critical» changes would be made.

Speaking to MPs, Mr Hammond responded he had asked councils that said they did not have the money to set out parties of the shortfall, but that none has yet done so.

The chancellor said the government would act when it was unavoidable that a council «genuinely does not have any available resource».

The issues could include the removal of flammable cladding and retrofitting sprinkler groups in council-owned tower blocks.

Councils said many of the changes had been persuaded by local fire services.

On 16 June, two days after the Grenfell feeling which claimed at least 60 lives, Communities and Local Administration Secretary Sajid Javid pledged that the government would «do whatever it sees» to improve safety in tower blocks.

Yet several councils have already kicked that money has not been forthcoming.

The leader of the Labour opposition assemblage on Westminster City Council, Adam Hug, said the local authority had struggled to tight funding from Mr Javid’s department to pay for the removal of cladding and the installation of sprinklers.

«Last analysis these are things that the London Fire Brigade says prepare to be done and ultimately the cost is having to be borne by the housing revenue account, which is renters’ rents and service charge fees,» Mr Hug said.

Mr Javid says Kensington and Chelsea Congregation plans to have all former residents of the tower moved out of emergency tourist house accommodation by Christmas, unless they want to stay,

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He stressed that no one at ones desire be forced to decide on a new home before they were ready.

He foretold that of the 203 households left homeless by the fire, 92 were quiet living in hotels with no other offer of accommodation.

Just 10 of them bear moved into permanent new homes, and 44 were in temporary lodgings.

Another 40 households have accepted the offer of permanent nationals and 17 have taken temporary placements, but have not yet moved in, he clouted.

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