GRENFELL TOWER FIRE - How INQUEST can help
25 June 2017
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INQUEST are deeply shocked by the tragic fire at Grenfell tower and have seen first-hand the devastating impact on the affected communities. This has been exacerbated by the insensitive and inadequate response by both national and local Government.
There is rightly acute public concern about how this disaster will be investigated and we issued a statement to outline our view that a judicial public inquiry needed to be set up urgently. Inquests are limited in scope, do not allow for survivors (that are not themselves bereaved) or those with a wider interest an independent voice and cannot deal directly with the complex far reaching questions. For the inquiry to have the trust and confidence of survivors and bereaved they must be consulted with meaningfully on its terms of reference, to include the context, circumstances and aftermath of the tragedy.
Bereaved and survivors must have access to non-means tested public funding for legal representation on an equal footing to that of public authorities and private bodies. No stone must be left unturned, the truth about this tragedy exposed and those responsible brought to account.
For over 35 years INQUEST has provided free, confidential advice about contentious deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, community groups, lawyers and the voluntary sector. We are independent of the Government. This means that we are uniquely placed to advise about the various investigations now taking place into the fire at Grenfell Tower.
After advising one Grenfell resident a few weeks after the fire, he gave the feedback "‘That’s been so helpful and you have put my mind so much more at ease at rest."
This page includes information for bereaved families and other relevant links.
GRENFELL TOWER INQUIRY
You can find more information about the inquiry on the official inquiry webpage: www.grenfelltowerinquiry.org.uk
Terms of reference:
- INQUEST submitted a detailed response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry consultation on the Terms of Reference. You can find a short version of the submission here. Our proposal is no more than those affected deserve and is necessary if the inquiry is to fulfil promises made by the Prime Minister.
- On 15 August the Government announced the terms of reference, which can be found here.
To contribute to the inquiry you may apply to become a core participant, either yourself or through legal representatives if you have them. A core participant can include an individual, organisation or entity with a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters to which the Inquiry relates. Applications for core participant status should be submitted to the Inquiry, in writing, by Friday, 8 September 2017. You can find the protocol for doing so here and further explanation in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry FAQ (see 'How do I apply for Core Participant status?' section).
FAQ LEAFLET AVAILABLE HERE:
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- Amharic/ አማርኛ
- Chinese- Mandarin/中文 - 普通话
- Hindi/ हिंदी
- Tigrinya (Eritrea)/ትግርኛ
To request an additional translation email INQUEST [@] inquest.org.uk
Other updated multi lingual information for Grenfell residents and the community can be found here.
- INQUEST statement on the consultation on terms of reference for the inquiry (5 July 2017)
- INQUEST statement on the public inquiry (16 June 2017)
Media articles by friends of INQUEST
Grenfell Tower consultation period deadline approaches (coverage featuring our submission by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian, 4 August 2017)
Grenfell Tower inquiry head 'lost the room' at residents' meeting (by Owen Bowcott, Guardian, 7 July 2017)
The Grenfell Tower inquiry: learning from Hillsborough (by Phil Scraton, theconversation.com, 22 June 2017)
Why the Grenfell Tower tragedy needs a rapid public inquiry, not an inquest (by Louise Christian, the Guardian, 19 June 2017)
Grenfell Towers: Beware the culture of denial and institutional defensiveness (by Pete Weatherby, thejusticegap.com)