The Grenfell residents still living in hotels: ‘This is no normal life’

The cafe outside the Copthorne Tara hotel off Kensington High Street in west London is known informally as Grenfell HQ. Three months since the disaster, around 18 families who escaped from the Grenfell Tower fire are still living in the hotel, and every morning a few of them come to sit here to discuss the increasingly pressing issue of when they will be rehoused.

Only two families who escaped the tower have moved into permanent new homes, despite a firm commitment from Theresa May two days after the fire that everyone would be rehoused within three weeks. Approximately 150 households are still scattered across London in 36 hotels. The hotel bill (excluding meals) already stands at more than £5m.

Grenfell resident Sid-Ali Atmani, who escaped from the 15th floor, is incredulous at the delay. “For three months, people here have been discussing

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