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Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announces details of the independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce

Posted 17.07.17
GOV UK: Article link

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced details of the independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce that will support the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) to develop and implement a long term recovery plan following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Taskforce will provide assurance to the Secretary of State that RBKC has the capacity and capability to deliver an effective long term recovery plan for its residents taking into account their views.

The Taskforce members will be:


Jeremy Corbyn asks Prime Minister to broaden Grenfell Inquiry team

Posted 17.07.17
Labour Party: Article link

Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May to request that the Grenfell Fire Inquiry team is broadened to improve confidence in the process and improve representation.

In the letter, Jeremy Corbyn writes: "The importance of residents and victims' families having full confidence in this inquiry cannot be underestimated."

He continues: "I urge you to consider broadening the inquiry team to a model more similar to that used in the McPherson Inquiry, including with representation from those from minority backgrounds, in order to support the judge leading this inquiry."

Labour has urged the Government to conduct a two-part inquiry in order to get answers to urgent questions about what happened at Grenfell, with the first part reporting back this summer to minimise further suffering of survivors.

The article in the above link includes the full text of the letter.


Communities Secretary announces an independent Recovery Taskforce for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Posted 05.07.17
Parliament UK: Article link

Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced that he is putting in place an independent Recovery Taskforce to help the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) deal with the longer term recovery of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The remit of the Recovery Taskforce is to provide advice and practical and strategic support to RBKC. It will work alongside the Council to make sure that they have the manpower, expertise and resources necessary to take on the longer term recovery work.

The Recovery Taskforce will consider all aspects of the recovery operation but will have a special focus on housing, regeneration and community engagement. It will also consider the governance of the Council and the way that it operates to ensure it is able to provide effective leadership through trying and difficult circumstances.


Communities Secretary Sajid Javid provides an update on the Grenfell Tower fire and fire safety

Posted 03.07.17
GOV UK: Article link

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid updated the House of Commons on the Government's response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and its safety inspections of cladding in other buildings.

Almost three weeks since the catastrophe that hit Grenfell Tower, his report updates on the support given to victims and survivors.

On rehousing, he confirmed that the Government will honour the promise that every family who lost their home because of the fire would be offered a good quality temporary home within three weeks - that deadline is Wednesday 5th July.

He also said - "what we will not do is compel anyone to accept an offer of temporary accommodation they do not want".

The Communities Secretary also advised that the Director of Public Prosecutions has made it clear that there will be no prosecution of tenants at Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk who may have been illegally subletting their property.

On measures taken to test the combustibility of cladding in other blocks, he advised that all 181 blocks tested so far have failed.

Sajid Javid also confirmed that Sir Martin Moore-Bick has been appointed to lead a full, public inquiry into the tragedy.


Quick Links

Updated 28.07.17

  • GOV UK: The first of the 'systems tests', assessing the fire safety of whole buildings, reaffirms actions for landlords
  • Acronic: A company that supplied cladding on Grenfell Tower will no longer sell the product
  • The Guardian: Flammable Grenfell Tower cladding 'passed' by council officer in 2015
  • Wales Online: Cardiff council to spend £2.5m on nearly 3,000 new fire doors in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy
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