Three appeals raised the majority of the money intended for victims. An appeal by the George Osborne-edited Evening Standard raised £6.78m, while the Red Cross and the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation each raised £5.75m. Some of the money has been sent by the charities to organisations responsible for distributing funds, but only a small fraction has actually been handed out by them.
David Holdsworth, the registrar of charities in England and Wales, said: “It is unusual for us to be involved in this way as regulator, but because of the urgent need of the victims of this tragedy, and because of the great generosity of the public who have given millions to different charities, it was right that we stepped in and helped charities work together in the best interests of those affected.”
Acknowledging that a relatively small amount had reached survivors in the two months since the blaze, the commission said it was time to spell out how much money had been spent, and promised there would be regular updates.
The regulator said £2.8m had reached victims – less than 15% of the total raised by charities led by the Red Cross, the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation and the Evening Standard.
Only a fraction of the £18.9m collected for survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster has been distributed to them to date, according to data released by the Charity Commission.