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11 Dec 2017


Equality & Human Rights Commission announces investigation into Grenfell Tower fire

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Michael Mansfield QC, representing some of the 71 victims, called for a diverse panel to sit alongside the chairman... He said there was a "distinct feeling today that those people most affected have not been included".

Pete Weatherby, who represents 73 individuals, [...] also raised concerns that companies involved may "not act with candour" and may become "defensive", and said this was delaying the release of documents to survivors and families...

The Metropolitan Police is investigating offences including manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, misconduct in public office and breaches of fire safety regulations in relation to the fire, the inquiry heard.The force has already gathered 31 million documents and 2,500 physical exhibits. Some 1,144 witnesses have given statements and 383 companies are part of the investigation...

As the inquiry begins, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced its own investigation examining whether authorities failed in their legal obligations to residents. It will also look at whether the government has adequately investigated the fire - including looking into the public inquiry