Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, where at least 79 people died and many more are missing and injured, our national executive committee has agreed support for those affected.
Meeting last week, the NEC agreed to donate £3,000 to the Red Cross London Fire Relief appeal and £2,000 to the Grenfell Action Group fighting fund.
The Red Cross appeal will support people affected by the fire to buy things they need to give themselves and their families as much normality as they can at this extraordinarily difficult time.
There is also a need for medium and longer term support, including legal fees, representation and associated costs in the campaign for justice. Grenfell Action Group has an important role to play in this campaign.
PCS will make every effort to help ensure families can hold to account those responsible for a disaster that was undeniably political and avoidable, and to ensure it never happens again.
There were PCS members who lived in Grenfell Tower. Our local representatives and the national union are supporting members directly involved in the incident and we are in regular contact.
Those affected are having to deal with many competing priorities as well as the considerable trauma of the tragedy. Our NEC has fast-tracked payment of the maximum available under our benevolent fund to those members affected and we will continue to work with branches to ensure all possible support is provided.
The NEC also agreed to make any legal advice and support available to members as and when required.