'Theresa May shouldn't have promised to rehouse Grenfell survivors in three weeks', says Kensington and Chelsea Labour Councillor

'Theresa May shouldn't have promised to rehouse Grenfell survivors in three weeks', says Kensington and Chelsea Labour Councillor

Robert Atkinson spoke to Julia amid reports of 103 households still needing proper accommodation

Monday, December 11, 2017

A prominent Labour councillor for Kensington and Chelsea Council has blasted Theresa May for making deadlines and promises on rehousing the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

In the wake of the tragedy, where 71 people died, the Prime Minister said all families would be rehoused within three weeks. 

Six months on, almost half of the households previously resident in the tower - around 103 in total - are still living in temporary accomodation. 

Robert Atkinson, who represents the ward of Notting Dale and leads the Labour group in the council, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the Prime Minister's pledge gave people a "misleading impression."

He said: "The Prime Minister didn’t know what she was talking about, she shouldn’t have made the promise.

"I do think a number of her interventions have been headlined which have not helped anybody, they give people a misleading impression.

It’s complicated, and people have got to make difficult choices in difficult circumstances.

“For the Prime Minister to come up with these deadlines without getting involved in the detail is not helpful."

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