Unless Grenfell inquiry produces real change the tragedy will be repeated, says North Kensington Labour councillor

'Unless inquiry produces fundamental change, there'll be another Grenfell', says North Kensington Labour councillor as inquiry opens

Pat Mason spoke to Julia as the inquiry opened

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Labour councillor has insisted the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire needs to deliver real change to avert a repeat of the tragedy.

The public inquiry into the disaster - where a major fire engulfed the 24-storey tower in West London, killing at least 80 people - opens on Thursday.

It will examine various aspects of the fire as part of its terms of reference, including the cause and spread of the blaze and details of how the tower was refurbished, notably the installation of the cladding on the sides of the building.

Pat Mason, a councillor in Kensington and Chelsea Council, said the final report must deliver real change.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "The people here in Grenfell Tower spent five to six years warning in detail what could happen to any authority they could find and no one listened to them.

"They’re also listening outside here, they all want justice, for it to never happen again, and people brought to account.

"An inquiry can decide to make recommendations, the Government doesn’t have to carry them out but they should do. 

"There can’t ever be a Grenfell again. Unless there’s fundamental change in housing policy, particularly in regard to the thousands and millions of other properties with the same deficiencies as Grenfell, it will happen again."

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