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News in brief: Seven Grenfell families are still in temporary homes

SEVEN of the 201 households who lost their homes in the Grenfell Tower fire three years ago are still in temporary accommodation. Kensington and Chelsea Council has spent £200million rehousing families after 72 people died in the blaze on June 14, 2017. Five families have accepted a permanent home but are waiting to move in and the council is ‘working hard in complex circumstances’ to rehouse the last two. Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith said: ‘We are nearly there.’

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