May meets Grenfell fire victims and volunteers in Downing Street

Ruben Ruiz
June 19, 2017

Plans for the minute's silence were announced just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May admitted that the support for Grenfell Tower victims in the wake of the fire 'wasn't good enough'.

People watch from a balcony as people walk during a demonstration following the fire at Grenfell Towers that engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

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"The figure of 30 that I gave yesterday is the number that I know, sadly, have, at least, died".

The Prime Minister has become the target of anger over her response to the disaster, which has left 58 people presumed dead.

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While they welcomed the funding, a group of residents who met Mrs May in Downing Street at the weekend said they had not been consulted before the latest announcement, adding that it continued a "tendency to sideline residents' views".

She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged 5 million pounds ($6.39 million) of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash.

She said the Government would offer resources beyond the £5m already committed to helping those displaced by the fire if necessary, and announced a deadline of three weeks for families to be found another home "nearby" to the Kensington area of the fire.

Commander Stuart Cundy said that number "may increase".

First Secretary of State Damian Green, May's deputy, said the prime minister was "distraught" and shared "the same degree of sympathy and horror" as everyone else.

"What we are doing is putting in place the support that will help them".

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May was asked repeatedly in an interview on Friday whether she had misread the public mood.

Ms Berejiklian said she also believes it is appropriate to have a discussion about national laws relating to regulations.

Hundreds of angry protesters gathered outside 10 Downing Street on Saturday, raising chants that called May a "coward", British media reported.

The tragedy cast a pall on the Trooping the Color festivities that mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

"It is hard to escape a very somber national mood", Elizabeth said in a message.

"In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies".

"United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".

Such a direct message from the monarch is rare and shows the extent of the turmoil in Britain. And obviously that will be a subject that the (public) inquiry will look at.

Britain is now likely to go into arduous talks on Monday about its exit from the European Union with a weakened leader who is dependent on Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to get legislation passed.

Officials have yet to answer several key questions: What caused the fire, could it have been prevented and why aren't people getting the aid they desperately need now?

"Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our prime minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence", Parris wrote in the Times.

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