Grenfell inquiry begins

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 4:48 Author: Gemma Short

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire opened on Friday 15 September. Those affected have little confidence that it will yield justice.

The inquiry will not examine the wider social and political context of the fire, including social housing, and was criticised by Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack as being a “mighty kick of some really fundamental issues into some very long grass”.

Three months after the fire, only two families have moved into permanent homes. Around 150 are still staying in hotels. Many have, understandably, turned down offers of temporary accommodation to wait for permanent offers.
Three months after he resigned, it is believed that Robert Black, former chief executive of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, is still receiving his six-figure salary. KCTMO claims this is because assisting in multiple inquiries is a full-time job!

Meanwhile a freedom of information request by the BBC revealed that only 2% of social housing tower blocks tested so far have a full sprinkler system, and only one in three had more than one staircase for evacuation.

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