The scope of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has been announced [Image: Rick Findler/PA].

The Grenfell fire public inquiry will not address underlying questions about social housing policy, the government has announced.

That’s a lucky escape for a lot of MPs, civil servants, council officers and contractors, isn’t it?

No doubt we’ll hear a great deal about this from the former residents and their representatives – what will Ismahil Blagrove have to say about it? – but This Site wants to hear from you.

Here are the terms of reference:

  • The cause and spread of the fire.
  • The design, construction and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.
  • The scope and adequacy of the relevant regulations relating to high-rise buildings.
  • Whether the relevant legislation and guidance were complied with in the case of Grenfell.
  • The actions of the local authority and other bodies before the tragedy.
  • The response of the London fire brigade to the fire.
  • The response of central and local government in the aftermath.

Do you think they are adequate?

The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will examine the actions of Kensington and Chelsea council but will not address broader questions of social housing policy, the government has said.

No 10 said the decision not to include social housing policy in the terms of reference, published on Tuesday, was taken by the inquiry chair, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, but stressed that the prime minister was determined that the questions relating to the issue would not be seen as a lower priority.

The government said it wants all those affected by the fire to participate in the inquiry, but some survivors previously threatened to boycott the review if they did not consider it to be broad enough in scope and if it did not include all “systemic issues”.

Source: Grenfell fire public inquiry to consider cause and council response | UK news | The Guardian


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