Where are all the Grenfell Donations? The families aren’t getting them

A vigil near Grenfell Tower in London [Image: Victoria Jones/PA].

Is it true?

Will the money donated after the Grenfell Tower fire for the good of the victims be used to fund work by authorities that should be paying for it from their own pockets?

Apparently £20 million has been provided by well-meaning people including Adele and Usain Bolt (see below) – but if any of the former residents, or anybody representing them, asks for some of it they are refused.

Where is this money?

Why is it not being used to help the former residents of Grenfell Tower?

And who has decided to deny them this help?

Time for a Freedom of Information request, I think.

Thank you FA and Adele and Usain Bolt and all the wonderful people in this country and abroad who have donated money in response to this awful tragedy.

But the truth is that no one knows where this money is, who is controlling it, making decisions about disbursement. There have been rumblings for about 4 weeks now but finally the Residents got to vent about it in a closed door meeting with the people who’re supposedly taking care of the money.

With £20m in the bank RBKC is drawing down on this money ‘for ongoing voluntary organisation commitments’ and presumably interest is accruing on a daily basis too.

My sneaky suspicion is that RBKC will present a bill for the hotel accommodation and all the ridiculous keyworker system they put in place that had everyone going bonkers for over 6 weeks. All these expenses will be added up and my instinct is somehow deducted from the £20m donations. Wait and see.

Meanwhile some bloke I know has to rummage to find a pair of trousers to fit him, another a jacket and a woman who had the most miraculous escape from the jaws of hell, says ‘I don’t know what I can ask for. What can I have? I don’t want to be greedy or ask for anything.’

Source: Where are all the Grenfell Donations? – National & International Issues – Dorset North

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10 thoughts on “Where are all the Grenfell Donations? The families aren’t getting them

  1. Roland Laycock

    The Tories are looking after it for them bit like the BBC did probably put in an Icelandic Bank for good keeping then they may if there lucky let them have some of the interest

    1. joanna

      Hmm Like they are looking after £32 million of everyone’s National insurance contributions, whilst letting people die saying there is no money left?!!!

  2. Dez

    In this day and age I regret there are not many one could trust to manage a charity without plundering it for some alleged ligit expense or sky high salary and overheads.. About time a financial statement was issued as to exactly what was collected and more important who elected exactly who is in charge of the purse strings with certainly having some representation of the beneficiaries on the Board managing their funds. Surely a lump sum payment should be allocated immediately to all those entitled…..so the generous authorities can then deduct council benefits for having to much savings.

    1. joanna

      I don’t think there can be anyway of calculating what has been collected. If people sent cash then that cash is easily disposable and might have gone into someones pocket without it being noted down. There is no way of finding out who gave what

  3. John

    I work for one of the charities that collected the money and the donations. The clothes are being sorted for sale; all the money from the sale will go to the Grenfell families. We have good systems to ensure that this will happen. The money has gone to another Charity which is distributing money as people come forward and as they need it. Every penny will go to the people from Grenfell, not one red cent will go to the ‘suit and tie types’. Our running costs are never funded from campaigns like the Grenfell relief fund, they come from funds we raise to pay for running costs, not money we raise for those in a crisis. Despite what you might think it’s actually quite hard to give £20 million away overnight, but it will go to the people it was raised for. None of it has gone to the government or any political party, and none of it will. A FOI request would be a nonsense as they are useful only if you want information from a public body. Grenfell funds are not controlled by public bodies.

    Instead of speculating about where all the money has gone the writer of the article could have just contacted one of the charities involved. I’m pretty sure we would have been happy to talk about this, we have nothing to hide.

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