Grenfell inquiry gives update post report
THE INQUIRY has discussed the latest developments following the launch of its first phase report, including that 75,000 documents have been disclosed in the second phase.
The report was officially released at the end of October, and outlined that the building’s aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding was ‘the principal reason’ for fire spread; while also being critical of London Fire Brigade (LFB). Chair Sir Martin Moore-Bick called for ‘urgent action’ to improve high rise fire safety, and wanted recommendations ‘implemented without delay’.
In an announcement today the inquiry has released a work update, noting that the first phase report – as of 20 November – had been accessed 31,781 times online, while its executive summary had been accessed 29,845 times. It also noted that one of the assessors – Joyce Redfearn – had decided to step down, with Sir Martin considering whether a replacement is ‘required to assist’ with phase two.
At this point in time, the inquiry has 633 core participants, and so far the second phase has disclosed around 75,000 documents to core participants, with hearings to begin on 27 January focusing on the ‘primary refurbishment’ of Grenfell Tower, specifically looking at an overview and the cladding.