Grenfell Tower: Government announces terms of inquiry headed by Sir Martin Moore-Bick

Grenfell Tower: Government announces terms of inquiry headed by Sir Martin Moore-Bick

The terms of the inquiry in which at least 80 people are believed to be dead have been announced

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Government has announced the term of reference for the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The probe will investigate the cause of the fire and the actions authorities took before the events of June 14.

It will examine how adequate the building’s regulations were, as well as the recent £8.6 million renovation of the tower.  

The inquiry will not look specifically at the Government's social housing policy, although Prime Minister Theresa May said any “broader social questions” will not be left unanswered.

The terms of reference for the inquiry had received more than 550 submissions.

Furthermore, former residents of the apartment blocks had spent a number of years dealing with the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), who own the building, over their safety concerns.

A online blog – headed up by the Grenfell Action Group – had claimed fire safety had been endangered during the tower’s refurbishment, in which the 24-storey block was coated by flammable cladding and insulation which was combustible. 

It is suspected these factors aided in the spread of the fire across the building.

Sir Martin Moore-Bick, a retired judge, has been confirmed to be heading up the inquiry.

At least 80 people were killed when a fire engulfed the tower in June.