Just £2.8m of £18.9m raised for Grenfell Tower victims has been distributed

New data from the Charity Commission also shows that only £7.3m has been sent to distributing organisations

Grenfell Tower
Grenfell Tower

- This story was updated on 29 August 2017; please see final paragraph

Only £2.8m of the almost £18.9m raised for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire has so far been given to the people who need it, according to new data released by the Charity Commission.

The data, which was released last night, also shows that only £7.3m of the £18.9m raised has been sent to distributing organisations by the groups fundraising for the Grenfell fire victims.

The fire, which occurred in Kensington, west London, on 14 June, killed an estimated 80 people and left many more homeless.

Victims are entitled to fresh-start grants of £20,000 – £10,000 from the London Community Foundation and London Evening Standard fund and £10,000 from the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation – as well as access to other funding from smaller organisations in the form of emergency grants.

The London Emergencies Trust, a charity set up in the wake of the Westminster terrorist attack earlier this year, has made £20,000 available to each next of kin of anyone dead or missing in the fire, £10,000 for anyone hospitalised for a week or more, and £3,500 for anyone hospitalised for at least six hours after the fire.

The Charity Commission data shows that only £2.4m of the £5.8m raised by the Red Cross has been sent to distributing organisations, as well as £2.7m of the £6.8m raised by the London Evening Standard and the London Community Foundation.

Only £2.1m of the £5.8m raised by the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation has been sent to distributing organisations so far.

Other figures show that the Goldsmiths Company has sent all of the £10,000 it has raised for the victims to distributing organisations, and £7,713 of the £177,803 raised by Muslim Aid has reached the distributors.

There is no information available on how much of the £216,862 raised by the Rugby Portobello Trust, the £148,080 from the National Zakat Foundation and the £27,923 from the ClementJames Centre has reached distributors.

Of the organisations distributing funds, the Rugby Portobello Trust has given £1.7m of the £2.1m it has received to victims, and the London Emergencies Trust has given £644,500 of the £4.8m it has received to the victims.

ClementJames has distributed £58,482 to the victims, and £85,000 and £60,000 of direct distributions from the London Evening Standard, the LCF and Artists for Grenfell, and from the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation respectively has reached victims.

Third Sector understands that the charities faced some early difficulty in contacting everyone affected by the fire, and not everyone affected has yet come forward to claim funds.

David Holdsworth, registrar of charities in England and Wales at the Charity Commission, said: "We have been working to help charities coordinate their responses so that those affected know where to go to get access to the funds that have been raised for them. As the regulator, we also ensure that funds are protected for those they are intended for.

"It is unusual for us to be involved in this way as regulator, but because of the urgent need of the victims of this tragedy, and because of the great generosity of the public who have given millions to different charities, it was right that we stepped in and helped charities work together in the best interests of those affected."

A Red Cross spokeswoman said: "Because there are various different funds, which we have no responsibility for, it is difficult to be definitive about how much each family will eventually receive, but it will be significant and based on need. 

"We are well aware that the distribution of the funding is complex and difficult to navigate, which is why we have called for a review of how funding is distributed from multiple appeals after large-scale emergencies in the UK."

- The story originally said that the London Emergencies Trust was set up by the British Red Cross

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