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Task Force Sent In To Take Over From Kensington and Chelsea Council

By Christian Smith

A specialist taskforce has been sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council to take over key services after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Last week, Nick Paget-Brown, was forced to resign because of the decision taken over the Grenfell disaster, which killed more than 80 people.

The Conservative council leader, who was rebuked by Number 10 for scrapping a crucial meeting to discuss the fire disaster, because journalists were present accepted a “share of responsibility” for the “perceived failings.”


The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called for Commissioners to take over the whole council, following many complaints from survivors over the council’s response in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Today’s  announcement made by Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary means experts will be brought in to manage the council’s housing, regeneration, community engagement and governance services but it is not the whole council unlike what Mr Khan had demanded in his letter to the Prime Minister.

Mr Javid said the Task force “will work alongside the council to make sure that they have the manpower, expertise and resources necessary to take on the longer term recovery work beyond the immediate civil emergency response.

“It will also consider the governance of the council and the way that it operates to ensure it is able to provide effective leadership through trying and difficult circumstances.”


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