UK Prime Minister Theresa May has apologised for her government’s lacklustre treatment of those left homeless after the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, saying “the support on the ground for families in the initial hours was not good enough.”

The government is facing widespread criticism for the lacking assistance it offered victims of the blaze, with many left without adequate information or directions to support services. In front of parliament, May said “that was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most.”

That apology hasn’t been too well received, though. Protesters have hit the streets of London for the so-called Day Of Rage, demonstrating against the government’s inaction.

The PM previously came under fire for not visiting survivors in the aftermath of the inferno.

May’s apology coincides with the government securing the first allotment of apartments to rehome victims of the fire. In accordance with community pressure to rehome Grenfell Tower residents within the same area, 68 new homes in nearby Kensington have been acquired. 

Hugely popular opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has pushed for more unoccupied homes in the area – which can reach prices of nearly $6 million, and are massively popular with overseas investors – to be acquired by the government to rehome Grenfell Tower residents. 

May has also assured survivors that they’ll have access to an emergency fund, and that they’ll all have permanent roofs over their heads within three weeks. 

Some 79 people died, or are presumed to have died, in the blaze. 

Source: ABC.
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