Theresa May: Council did not respond quickly enough after Grenfell Tower fire

Theresa May has admitted flaws in the response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy as she confirmed that the organisation responsible for the high-rise block was being stripped of responsibility for the estate where it is located.

The Prime Minister was invited to meet survivors and residents of the west London tower block privately on Tuesday night to discuss concerns over the handling of the aftermath of the fire, which killed more than 80 people.

Mrs May told residents that Kensington and Chelsea Council "did not respond quickly enough after the fire" and said the Tenant Management Organisation would be removed from managing the block, Downing Street said.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister acknowledged residents' concerns about the culture of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and the Tenant Management Organisation (TMO).

"She confirmed that the TMO will be removed from the management of the Lancaster West (Grenfell Tower) estate and she recognised that the council did not respond quickly enough after the fire.

"She agreed that it was important that the council listen to and respond to the issues residents face about the support and information they were receiving, including from key workers and housing officers."

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