Grenfell tower

  • 13 Sep 2017

    The Grenfell public inquiry opens tomorrow, exactly three months on from the fire which took at least 80 lives. The judge heading it, its remit, its powers and the time it will take, all have been sources of controversy. So how can it succeed? Or is it doomed to failure?

  • 14 Aug 2017

    A silent march has been held in West London to commemorate the two month anniversary of the Grenfell fire. It comes as it’s emerged that up to 200 residents are still living in temporary accommodation.

  • 3 Aug 2017

    Sometimes words alone aren’t enough to explain the issues. One man experimenting with a different medium is the poet and performer, Tony Walsh.

  • 30 Jul 2017

    The Grenfell tragedy is on a scale not seen for decades in the United Kingdom. It has exposed acute divisions in society, dangerous weaknesses in social housing, planning, and fire regulations, and a gaping lack of trust between some of the most vulnerable and the authorities charged with looking after them.

  • 28 Jul 2017

    For the families who escaped the tower, there is still a huge amount of emotional turmoil: many are still struggling to get the right support, others are yearning to be allowed back in to see the damage for themselves. And now that police say they have enough evidence for corporate manslaughter charges, will this bring this any…

  • 28 Jul 2017

    82 high-rise buildings have failed a new fire safety test, in the wake of the Grenfell disaster, which for the first time investigated the combination of cladding and foam insulation. The government said it was now launching an independent review into building regulations and fire safety to help make any necessary improvements as quickly as possible.…

  • 27 Jul 2017

    The police say they have ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect Kensington and Chelsea Council and the authority’s Tenant Management Organisation may have committed corporate manslaughter. At least eighty people lost their lives in the fire. Scotland Yard said that a senior representative from each organisation would be interviewed as part of their ongoing criminal investigation.

  • 25 Jul 2017

    Andy Bates, from the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations, says the tenant management organisation that was responsible for Grenfell Tower is unlike any other in the country, because it is far bigger.

  • 25 Jul 2017

    Reg Kerr-Bell, a former chairman of the Chelsea and Kensington Tenancy Management Organisation, who resigned after his concerns about the way it was run were ignored, says meetings could descend into chaos.

  • 25 Jul 2017

    The Grenfell fire has brought into focus the bodies running much of Britain’s social housing – tenant management organisations, or TMOs. Kensington and Chelsea TMO, which ran Grenfell Tower and was responsible for its refurbishment, is the biggest in Britain, with nearly 10,000 properties and thousands of tenants. TMOs, especially Kensington and Chelsea, have been…

  • 25 Jul 2017

    Tonight, Grenfell residents are meeting the retired judge heading the inquiry into the disaster. More information is now being given out about how new permanent homes will be allocated, but many people are still angry that their voices aren’t being heard.

  • 20 Jul 2017

    It’s one of the biggest manufacturers of insulation and cladding in Britain – and its products were used on Grenfell Tower. This programme can reveal that a company in the Kingspan group is now playing a key role in the independent government tests ordered in the wake of the fire. Kingspan says it’s just trying…

  • 20 Jul 2017

    The brother of the first named victim of the Grenfell Tower fire says the fire brigade should have abandoned their “stay put” policy much earlier. Omar Al Haj-Ali and his brother Mohammed – both refugees from Syria – were told to stay put three times before deciding to flee, but only Omar made it out…

  • 20 Jul 2017

    Conservative MP Sir David Amess says he will be raising the potential conflict of interest revealed by Channel 4 News with appropriate ministers “as a matter of urgency”. The joint Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fire Safety and Rescue said without transparency, there’s a danger the public will lose confidence in the whole thing. Channel…

  • 19 Jul 2017

    North Kensington resident, Tomassina Hessel, and Justice for Grenfell campaigner, Moira Samuels, discuss Kensington and Chelsea Council’s response to the tower block fire.