£32.3 million to support Grenfell community

The Department for Education has announced up to £32.3 million in funding to support the recovery of Kensington and Chelsea College and the local community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The funding is being provided by the Department for Education and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support Kensington and Chelsea College’s planned recovery and merger with Morley College, including the purchase and refurbishment of its North Kensington campus at Wornington Road.

This latest move builds on the action taken and significant investment already provided by the government to support the Grenfell community following the fire in June 2017. This includes addressing building safety and committing over £100 million to support rehousing costs, new mental health services, investment in the Lancaster West Estate and a new community space.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said: “It is essential that two years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the people of North Kensington continue to get the support they deserve to help them rebuild their lives. This includes access to good quality further education and training at the heart of their community. It is right that we have stepped in to help secure the future of Kensington and Chelsea College and the Wornington Road site.”

Nick Hurd, Minister for Grenfell Victims, said: “After the horror of the Grenfell disaster, we wanted to help build hope and opportunity in a community that has suffered so much. This decision is an important step in securing a vibrant future for a much loved Community asset. A big collective effort went into making this happen, and I pay tribute in particular to a passionate residents campaign.”