Briefing: parliamentary debate on Grenfell Tower inquiry

By: Steve Akehurst  Published: July 2017


This briefing was prepared ahead of the first parliamentary debate on the public inquiry on the Grenfell Tower fire. It includes out view on what the scope of the public inquiry should be and the priorities for national government if they are to re-establish trust with the local community.

Summary

Shelter advisors have been working on the ground to help survivors of the Grenfell fire, offering free legal support and housing advice. Our staff are helping residents with the immediate impact of the fire, while our legal team are liaising with authorities to ensure residents’ legal rights to be rehoused – both in the short term and long term - are properly fulfilled.

Shelter’s priority is to ensure that residents are given assurances about re-housing and that they are meaningfully involved in the inquiry. Our staff have heard first-hand from tenants about the lack of trust that currently exists within the local community. It is imperative that the government does everything it can to gain trust in the inquiry process. Government must take urgent action to residents’ involvement in setting the scope of the inquiry, but crucially also on broader issues around rehousing and immigration status.

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