UK acquires apartments for tenants displaced by tower fire

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The new housing move comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for luxury empty properties in Kensington to be taken over by the government to house victims, a demand rejected by ministers.

The UK's Department for Communities and Local Government said extra public money had been found so the flats could be fitted out more quickly, and more builders had been taken on.

May and her Conservative Party peers were widely criticized following the Grenfell Tower fire, which many believe could have been prevented had the local council listened to residents' concerns.

Flames engulfed the building in less than an hour early on June 14, trapping many residents. The homes, located around 1.5 miles from Grenfell, will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom flats across two blocks which will include a 24-hour concierge and a private cinema.

The development has been built by Berkeley Homes, whose chairman Tony Pidgley was quoted by The Guardian as saying: "We've got to start by finding each of them a home".

Speaking in the House of Commons, the prime minister said the support on the ground for the families affected by the fire in Kensington was "not good enough" on either a local or national level.

"We began by sending our profound sympathies to all those affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and praising the outstanding work of the London emergency services".

London has rallied behind firefighters with a mixture of awe and support after the blaze.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy gave the new figure during a statement outside Scotland Yard on Monday.

The homes will be in two affordable housing blocks at the site, and were purchased by the City of London Corporation in a deal brokered by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). "Secondly, they need to be re-housed permanently and thirdly, they need a long-term care package - people who'll always be there for them".

"It was such a disgrace to see people taking selfies with the tower behind them, thinking it was OK to do that in front of residents and people who lost their loved ones in the fire", he told CNN.

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