Grenfell Tower fire: Government to ‘keep eye’ on council

The government will keep “a close eye” on Kensington and Chelsea council after its leader quit over the Grenfell Tower fire, the communities secretary says.

Sajid Javid said it was “right” that Nicholas Paget-Brown stepped down and said the process to select a successor would be “independent of government”.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for commissioners to take over the council.

Earlier, a victims’ group said one resident had had rent deducted from their bank account since the fire.

At least 80 people are believed to have died as fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower block, in west London, on 14 June.

Mr Javid said: “It is right the council leader stepped down given the initial response to the Grenfell tragedy,” adding: “If we need to take further action, we won’t hesitate to do so.”

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