The British government has announced new immigration rules for undocumented survivors of the Grenfell tower disaster. The rules are designed to give these immigrant permanent residents’ status.
Victims of the fire have till the end of November to apply to take advantage of the new policy. The policy will allow such residents access to financial support and gain the right to become permanent resident after five years.
The twenty four floor tower block in the North Kensington, West London was razed to the ground last July, killing over 80 residents and displacing inhabitants of over 120 flats in the block.
The Borough was criticised for using cladding of inferior quality to, it has been said, ‘improve appearance and energy efficiency’. Colourful green and blue panels designed to improve insulation and soften the look of the concrete block were fitted to Grenfell Tower as part of a £9 million refurbishment completed in May 2017.
The government of Theresa May was subsequently criticised for failing to heed safety complaints of Grenfell Tower’s residents, leading to a disaster that claimed numerous lives and displaced many more. The Chief Executive of Kensington and Chelsea council Nicholas Holgate was forced to resign following what was thought to be a ‘shambolic’ handling of aid efforts after the disaster.