Scope of Grenfell fire public inquiry announced. Who’ll be first to say ‘stitch-up’?

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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7 thoughts on “Scope of Grenfell fire public inquiry announced. Who’ll be first to say ‘stitch-up’?

  1. Darren Woodiwiss

    To me they seem to address the major concerns, the only addition would be the role of arms length housing organisations who run the blocks such as Grenfell.

  2. NMac

    Obviously insufficient whitewash to cover-up a wide-ranging Inquiry, which without doubt would drag Tory politicians into the realm of criminal offences. Answer: make sure the Inquiry doesn’t mention them. However hard they may try to ignore it, the spectre of Boris Johnson rudely and ignorantly telling a Labour Councillor who was concerned about fire safety to “belt up” will hang over the entire proceedings.

  3. timxthomson

    Underlying questions about social housing policy could only be fully addressed by a completely separate inquiry, completely separate from Government (and badly needed). To link it to Grenfell would be to limit it, and allow a whitewash on the subject. (I am renowned for my wishful thinking!)

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It would be a good idea to have one, though – and I don’t see that happening without the Grenfell link.

      1. Zoe Beser

        If the fire brigade’s response and abilities are going to be examined in this “independent” enquiry’s terms of reference, then the causes behind the lack of appliances and firefighters has to be accounted for. For starters

  4. wildthing666

    Oh it’s going to be a stitch up alright! As soon as the place went up like paper thrown on a fire the words STITCH UP was the first words I thought of any enquiry that was to come. We’ve had one come out and say they were told what they could and couldn’t say as T May was to become PM and that was another stitch up how could they know in advance she was going to be PM there was more than one runner! I’ll keep saying it GRENFELL IS GOING TO BE A STITCH UP BY A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT!!

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