Head of relief organisation says it could have ignored council and stepped in directly to help coordinate relief effort

The head of the Red Cross has admitted it could have intervened earlier in the chaotic aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire when it was clear that Kensington and Chelsea council was failing to cope.

Days after the disaster, which killed about 80 people, Mike Adamson said his organisation was ready to do more but its offer to do so was turned down by the council. He said it could have ignored the widely criticised council and stepped in directly to help coordinate the relief effort.

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