Grenfell fire: Inquiry to examine council actions

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Hundreds marched silently on Monday to mark two months since the fire

The actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council are to be considered in the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, the government has announced.

It will also look at the adequacy of regulations, the tower’s recent refurbishment, and the response of authorities in the blaze’s aftermath.

It comes after the judge heading the inquiry previously said its scope could be much more limited.

Broader questions on social housing will not be in its terms of reference.

However, Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “determined” these questions would not be left “unanswered” and said further proposals on social housing would be set out “in due course”.

Justice ‘vital’

Sir Martin, the retired judge leading the inquiry, suggested in a letter recommending the scope of the inquiry that wider consideration of social housing policy should not be included, despite the protestation of survivors.

Mrs May said: “It is vital that there is justice for the victims of this appalling tragedy and for their families who have suffered so terribly.

“I am determined that the broader questions raised by this fire – including around social housing – are not left unanswered.”

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The prime minister said the government would meet social housing tenants to “discuss the challenges they face” and would be setting out further proposals “in due course”.

The full terms of reference for the public inquiry, which have been accepted in full by the prime minister, are:

  • 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 Tower
  • The actions of the local authority and other bodies before the tragedy
  • The response of the London Fire Brigade to the fire and the response of central and local government in the aftermath

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