UK News Grenfell Tower donations not reaching survivors fast enough, campaigners say

09:00  11 august  2017
09:00  11 august  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Grenfell campaigners say donations are not reaching survivors fast enough as it was revealed less than 15% of the £18.9 million raised in the wake of the But only £2.8 million has reached survivors , almost two months after the blaze ripped through the 24-storey tower block in west London.

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Grenfell Tower: Grenfell campaigners say donations are not reaching survivors fast enough (Rick Findler/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Grenfell campaigners say donations are not reaching survivors fast enough (Rick Findler/PA)

Grenfell campaigners say donations are not reaching survivors fast enough as it was revealed less than 15% of the £18.9 million raised in the wake of the disaster has been distributed.

Data released by the Charity Commission shows £7.25 million has been handed to distributing organisations on the ground.

But only £2.8 million has reached survivors, almost two months after the blaze ripped through the 24-storey tower block in west London.

Grenfell Tower victims: where they were found © Provided by The Press Association Grenfell Tower victims: where they were found

Campaigners welcomed the push for transparency after the charity regulator published the figures on Thursday, but said more needs to be done to ensure the money reaches those who need it.

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DONATIONS are not reaching survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire fast enough , campaigners say , following revelations less than 15 per cent of the money raised has been distributed.

Empics Entertainment. Survivors of the Grenfell Tower blaze are still waiting for the majority of funds donated . Yvette Williams, from the Justice for Grenfell group, said : “It’s definitely not been fast enough .

Yvette Williams, a spokeswoman for Justice 4 Grenfell, told the Press Association: “It’s definitely not been fast enough.

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“The survivors are raising it more and more – where’s the money, who’s distributing it, why aren’t they distributing it, how have they been chosen to distribute it, what’s the criteria for distribution, and how are you communicating with the people who should be receiving that money?

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Donations made since the Grenfell Tower fire in west London two months ago are not reaching survivors quickly enough , campaigners have said . Yvette Williams, of the Justice 4 Grenfell group, said : "It's definitely not been fast enough .

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“Information isn’t transparent. They have to beg for information and it’s still not clear the background of it, or how they’re going forward with it.”

She said authorities need to make it easier for survivors to apply for funds, explaining some find it difficult, particularly when information is not communicated in their first languages.

“Some of these people are still heavily traumatised,” she continued.

“So they’re supposed to leave their hotel rooms, get down to wherever, fill in this application – they already feel like they have been put in a position where they’re begging for money.

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Campaigners have claimed donations made to the survivors of Grenfell Tower are not reaching them quickly enough . In the wake of the disaster, a total of £18.9 million was raised for the people affected by the fire.

In the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster, millions of pounds in donations were pledged by the public to help those affected. Almost two months on since the fire ripped through the London tower block, campaigners say the money isn't reaching survivors fast enough .

“Once decisions have been made about how it’s going to be distributed the key workers attached to those families should be bringing those forms and doing it with them.”

Grenfell Tower donations © Provided by The Press Association Grenfell Tower donations

Red Cross and the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation both raised £5.75 million, while the Evening Standard fund collected more than £6.7 million to help victims of the tragedy, with smaller sums from other organisations making a total of £18,856,206.

Donations came in thick and fast in teh wake of the Grenfell Tower, but distributing money to those who need it has been a slow process, according to campaigners (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Some £7,257,713 has been sent to distributing organisations, while £2,807,400 has been distributed, figures show.

The Charity Commission said: “Charities are now trying to work with the survivors and those affected to discuss how the rest of the funds should be distributed to meet the short, medium and long term needs of those affected by this awful tragedy.”

It added that transparency information would be updated on a weekly basis.

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