The Met Police has said the emergency services have to sift through 15 tonnes of debris on each floor of Grenfell Tower, in search of hidden human remains.

The fact that 125 families have turned down offers of accommodation from the Conservative government speaks volumes.

The government had promised to offer new homes, near Grenfell Tower, to all surviving families – by today, July 5.

But it has only managed to offer places to 139 out of the 158 families known to have survived the blaze, of whom only 14 have taken up the offer.

And the reason take-up has been so low?

They don’t trust the government.

They believe they will be put into accommodation that will have a higher rent than Grenfell, putting them out-of-pocket and effectively punishing them for being victims of the fire. They believe they will be moved out the area they have made their home, and where their lives are based. They believe they will be shifted from one temporary dwelling to another, with no permanent, high-quality home being made available.

And why shouldn’t they be given high-quality homes in which to recover from their traumatic ordeal?

Today, the Metropolitan Police made their first significant announcement on Grenfell for some time, saying that the last of the visible human remains have been removed from the tower block.

The announcement stated that 87 recoveries have been made – but that doesn’t mean 87 different bodies and it will take some time to identify the bodies. Meanwhile, the search for hidden remains – among 15 tonnes of debris on each of the tower’s 20+ floors – will go on until the end of the year.

Survivors were given this news at a three-hour meeting this morning – and reacted angrily.

Police offered them no information about missing family members – they could not even confirm any more deaths.

And survivors were infuriated that nobody has been arrested in connection with the appalling safety failures that turned Grenfell Tower into an inferno.

Worse still – for the government’s public relations record – is the announcement that a task force is being set up to take over aspects of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council’s work, after the authority failed to respond adequately to the disaster.

KCBC’s new leader, Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, has welcomed what she described as the speed at which the Conservative government responded to her request for help – but the new organisation will not be up and running for several weeks and nobody has been assigned to it.

Add it all up and you’re left with very little: No homes, no action – and no resolution.

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