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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
September 14, 2017

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Grenfell inquiry begins: The numbers that lay bare the funding crisis hampering high-rise improvements

As the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire finally begins, the recommendations that emerge will hopefully be heeded more readily than those made following the Lakanal investigation.

It’s the start of a long process, with the interim report not due to be published until Easter.

The inquiry’s remit encompasses the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority, Kensington and Chelsea Council.

The fire, which killed at least 80 people on 14 June, has pushed the fire-safety debate beyond the fire-safety sector and into the national media. Long frustrated with being stonewalled by councils and central government, suddenly leading fire-safety advocates were suddenly thrust in front of TV cameras to explain to the world how such a thing could have happened.

The debate focused on cladding initially but has widened to almost every aspect of fire safety. So horrendous was the tragedy – and the charred remains of Grenfell will stand as an unavoidable, macabre reminder until a demolition planned for the end of 2018 – that surely this time there’s enough momentum to make substantive action over fire safety deficiencies in social and high-rise housing.

That central and local government are finally taking the issue seriously is no cause to celebrate – it shouldn’t have taken such loss of life to jolt government into action. And where there’s a will there isn’t always a way where money is involved – as our infographic below shows.

Anyone who wishes to publish this infographic on their own website is very welcome to. Email me at [email protected] if you want an embed code or JPG.

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