Grenfell public inquiry hearings begin
THE INQUIRY, led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, begins two days of hearings today that will ‘establish the framework’ for the investigation.
BBC News reported on the proceedings, which will ‘look into the best way for witnesses to give evidence’, while survivors of the fire are calling for Sir Martin to ‘give them a more central role in the inquiry and for the community to be represented on the panel’. Previously, he appointed three assessors to look at housing, local government and technical matters, with the hearings to take place at the Holborn Bars in central London.
The two days will deal with ‘case management issues’ including proposed timetables, matters concerning witnesses and the disclosure of evidence’, with Sir Martin’s inquiry also looking to produce an ‘initial report’ that would explain the ‘immediate cause and spread’ of the fire, as well as an ‘assessment of the evacuation process’.
In the last couple of days, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced its own investigation that will look at whether authorities ‘failed in their legal obligations to residents’. That investigation will also study whether the government has ‘adequately investigated the fire’, which will involve ‘looking into the public inquiry’, and will conclude in April.