Over 300 public hearings held, 1,600 witness statements taken, and 320,000 documents disclosed. In the six years since the fire which claimed 72 lives, the Grenfell Inquiry has unearthed a dizzying volume of evidence at a cost of £150m to the taxpayer. But has it produced answers?
Called by then-prime minister Theresa May the day after the fire, the inquiry began hearing evidence in September 2017. Phase one, focusing on the events on the night of 14 June 2017, published its findings in October 2019.
It found that the refurbishment of the tower breached building regulations, and recommended increased inspections of high-rise buildings and fire doors, along with national plans for evacuating tower blocks.
The tower’s cladding “acted as a source of fuel” for the fire, said chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick in his report.
But there were also “systemic” failings in the emergency response to the fire, including the “stay put” policy which led to a delay in evacuating the tower, and a lack of training on combustible cladding.
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