The Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 was a national tragedy. 72 people died; many more mourn the loss of their families, friends, community, and homes. We are determined to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
Public Inquiry and its Recommendations so far
Immediately following the tragedy, the then Prime Minister Theresa May, announced a full public inquiry into the events at Grenfell Tower. The Inquiry, chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, published its Phase 1 report on 30 October 2019. The Report’s findings addressed the events of that night – the fire, how it started and spread, and the emergency response to it.
The report made 46 detailed recommendations to improve fire safety, directed at a range of organisations including: the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and Fire and Rescue Services more broadly, other emergency services, building owners, and Government.
Phase 2 of the Inquiry is underway examining the causes of these events, including how Grenfell Tower came to be in a condition which allowed the fire to spread in the way identified by Phase 1. More information about Phase 2 including the modules can be found on the Inquiry’s website
The Government is already taking forward a number of these recommendations, including: fundamental legislative change; working with Fire and Rescue Services to support them in making the necessary improvements; starting specific projects on evacuation; working with local leaders and national bodies to ensure that action is being taken across the country supported by new funding; and identifying and remediating buildings with historic risks from unsafe cladding.
You can find the full Government response to the Inquiry’s Phase 1 report here. An update on the Government’s work in response to the Grenfell Phase 1 recommendations was published in June 2020 here and Written Ministerial Statement published in November 2020 available here.
In March 2021, the Government published its second thematic update which includes information on the different work underway to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations. This includes improvements to fire safety, the review of the evacuation and ‘stay put’ strategy and the implementation of technical improvements to enhance communications and emergency call handling. The thematic update also provides an overview of Government support and funding to fire and rescue services, and sets out how the Government will seek assurance from services in relation to what progress they are making in implementing the recommendations. More information on the thematic trackers can be found here.
More Information on the Government’s response and action on Grenfell can be found on GOV.UK