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Grenfell Tower fire: Two still in hospital more than five weeks after tragedy

An update by communities secretary Sajid Javid also addressed housing issues and referred to the heated Kensington and Chelsea council meeting

Two survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire remain in hospital more than five weeks after the disaster, Sajid Javid has said.

The Communities Secretary was providing an update on the government response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy to the House of Commons on Thursday (July 20).

One of the patients is being treated at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital , and is not in critical care.

Mr Javid acknowledged that many within the North Kensington community believe the number of people inside the 24-storey building when it went up in flames in the early hours of June 14 to be underestimated.

Grenfell Tower fire victims have been treated at the hospital in Chelsea

There is also belief among some that the death toll, currently listed at “around 80”, is in fact higher.

He said: “I would continue to urge anyone with further information to come forward.

“We’ve been very clear that we don’t mind if those affected were subletting or have immigration issues.

“All we care about is getting to the truth.”

During his address, Mr Javid also said everyone who lost their home in Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk has been made at least one offer of good quality, fully furnished temporary accommodation in the local area.

“As of 10am this morning, 35 of these have been accepted and 10 families have moved in,” he said.

“Those numbers are slightly down on the figures that were published recently as some people have changed their minds, as they are perfectly entitled to do.

“Where residents have turned down an offer we are finding suitable alternatives to offer them.

“Where residents aren’t yet ready to engage with the process, they don’t want to make a decision right now, or they would rather wait for a permanent home to be offered, we will respect that."

And referring to the fractious full council meeting on Wednesday (July 19) night, which saw the new leader heckled and angry survivors address councillors, he said: “We saw last night the very raw anger that some in the community still feel towards the council.

“It’s entirely understandable – as the Prime Minister herself has said, the initial response from the local authority was simply not good enough.

“There’s not a lot of trust there, not a lot of confidence.”

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid speaks about the Grenfell fire tragedy in the House of Commons in June 2017(Image: PA)

Police said there should have been 350 people inside Grenfell Tower when the blaze broke out, but 14 were not at home, and 255 successfully fled the high rise.

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