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Grenfell Tower report delayed, but second phase of inquiry ‘won’t be affected’


There has been much criticism in the wider press and from campaigners about the delay, but these critics do not understand the complexity of the technical issues involved and the need for thorough evaluation and analysis of large amounts of evidence. Such a task cannot be hurried and it is vital that the findings in the report are accurate when it is released. The delay does not mean that building safety cannot be improved in the meantime, especially as many of the risks have already been identified. The recommendations of an Inquiry are also not set in stone and there is no legal obligation to enforce them. Therefore, there is no need to wait for the Inquiry and those who say that the delay is putting lives at risk are ill-informed. Indeed, things are happening already; we have a ban on combustible materials in external walls (although in my view it could go a bit further), and the Government has set aside £200m to replace ACM cladding (although there are many buildings with other types of dangerous cladding which do not yet have any funding). There has also been a thorough review of the building regulations

Posted date

20 May, 2019

Posted time

10:41 am


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