Victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster who have been left homeless will be given at least £5,500 from an emergency fund, Theresa May has announced.

Residents will be given £500 in cash followed by a bank payment for the rest from Monday.

Theresa May
Theresa May has announced details of the financial support to be made available to those left homeless by the fire

The Prime Minister insisted the Government was doing everything possible to help those caught up in the tragedy.

The money will come from the £5 million fund announced by Mrs May on Friday.

No 10 said the £500 cash payment is already being handed out and further payments will be available from the Westway Centre and the nearby post office in Portobello Road.

Theresa May has announced details of the financial support to be made available to those left homeless by the fire
Theresa May has announced details of the financial support to be made available to those left homeless by the fire

Help will be given to residents who do not have bank accounts.

Mrs May said: “As we continue to respond to the needs of the community, our focus is on ensuring that all of those affected by this unimaginable tragedy get the right support as quickly as possible.

“My government will continue to do absolutely everything possible to help all of those affected through the difficult days, weeks, months and years ahead.”

Eleanor Kelly, chief executive of Southwark Council, on behalf of the newly established Grenfell Fire Response Team, said: “We want to make clear that whilst the emergency and local community response was nothing short of heroic, we know that the initial response was simply not good enough on the ground.

“People are angry, and rightfully so.

“Our focus is now ensuring those affected are being cared for and looked after.

“This new team is now leading the recovery and response to the Grenfell Tower fire, which has been one of the most tragic and horrendous events ever seen.

“I am urging any families or individuals who have been affected and who have not come forward, for whatever reason, to please come to the Westway Centre so that we can help.”

The residents group said while it welcomed the funding it had not been consulted before the announcement was made.

They said: “We naturally welcome funds for those in need, though this does show once more the tendency to sideline residents’ views.

“At No 10 yesterday, the Prime Minister assured the group that from now on residents would be consulted on a coordinated relief effort. This has not happened with these funds.”