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11 December 2017 - Inquiry into Grenfell Tower Fire about to Start

Human Rights Commission to launch independent inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire
(The Independent, 10/12/2017)

Britain's human rights watchdog is to launch an inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

Independent public body The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will examine whether the Government and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea failed in their duties to protect life and provide safe housing.

The new probe comes after the main public inquiry, which is chaired by retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, got underway. The official investigation has come under fire for excluding the role social housing policy played in the disaster.

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Public Inquiry
 
Grenfell Tower fire: Public inquiry hearings to start
(BBC News, 11/12/2017)
 
Two days of hearings will begin later to establish the framework of the Grenfell Tower fire public inquiry.

Its chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will look into the best way for witnesses to give evidence.

It comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the government of "failing" survivors of the 14 June blaze, with more than 100 still living in hotels.


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Technical Failings

The Guardian view on the Grenfell inquiry: hear the victims’ voices
Editorial (The Guardian, 10/12/2017)
 
Exactly six months after the Grenfell Tower fire in which 71 people died, the first formal sessions of the inquiry begin on Monday. What happens between then and Tuesday evening in Holborn Bars, the great Victorian red brick building in the centre of London chosen to host the public hearings, is likely to be decisive in the inquiry’s success or failure. The survivors and the families of the victims are still profoundly mistrustful of the state that failed them so catastrophically on the night of 14 June. There is a great deal to be done if they are to have confidence in the inquiry’s findings.

The tragic – and, many believe, wilful – failure of central and local government to respond to tenants’ well-founded concerns about the management of their block, and the resistance at ministerial level to enacting recommendations made by an earlier inquiry into the Lakanal House fire in a similar block in south London in 2009 is only the start of the charge sheet that has so undermined confidence. The immediate response from the prime minister down to individual Kensington and Chelsea councillors was pitiable. The institutional inadequacies, newly itemised in a report by the neighbouring London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, found a total absence of leadership. And even now, six months later, 103 families, including 29 with children, are still in emergency accommodation, waiting to be rehoused. That history alone puts an exceptional burden on the inquiry.

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Support Group

Grenfell victims 'should be at the heart of inquiry' says support group
Martin Coulter (The Evening Standard, 10/12/2017)
 
A victim support group has said those who suffered in the Grenfell Tower fire must be placed at the heart of the inquiry into the disaster.

Inquest, which supports relatives at coroners' court and inquiries, wants victims' families and lawyers to be able to participate more fully in the investigation.

They say adopting procedures from the Hillsborough inquiry, including preparing and listening to emotional "pen portraits" of those who died, would improve public confidence.

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Last update December 11, 2017
Créé le December 11, 2017
ISSN 2107-7029
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