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Tower fire compensation revealed

Woman looking at Lakanal House
The building's scars are a graphic reminder of the tragedy

Residents of the south London tower block where six died in a fire have been told how much compensation they will receive for having to move out.

Southwark Council has said it is considering demolishing Lakanal House in Camberwell after the 3 July fire.

All council tenants, who have been forced to leave, will receive £4,700 each, while home owners will get the value of their home plus another 10%.

No-one living in the 98 flats on 3 July will return, the council said.

Even if the decision is taken to refurbish Lakanal House it could take years.

'Building site'

That should mean residents of the tower block at the time of the fire would have already been permanently re-homed by the time it re-opened.

But the payments, which will be made under rules set out under the 1973 Land Compensation Act, will only go through once new accommodation is finalised.

That could be months or even years.

Any additional compensation payments for stress, injuries or deaths caused by the fire will hinge on the London Fire Brigade's report into its cause.

The empty building is now officially designated a "building site".

Former residents will be allowed to return to collect possessions, but only with council staff in attendance.

The police, who have been keeping the site secure, are handing over responsibility to council security teams.

A preliminary report found the fire was caused by a faulty TV set.

Southwark Council has previously released files showing it knew in 2000 that the block posed a risk of rapid fire spread.

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