Grenfell Tower report to be released on 30 October

The long-awaited Grenfell Tower fire public inquiry report is to be released on 30 October, the day before Britain is due to leave the EU.

Conclusions about the fire, which took 72 lives on 14 June 2017, will be published and given to Parliament, after the original publication date in Spring was extended as result of the issue being ‘far more complex and time-consuming task than originally anticipated’.

Core participants to the inquiry, including the bereaved, survivors and families, will receive the report 36 hours earlier ‘under strict embargo’. There are some fears that the important lessons in the report may be overshadowed by the possibility of the UK crashing out of the European Union.

The inquiry focus is predominantly concerned with the London fire brigade’s response, the decision to order residents to stay put while fire engulfed the building and communication between residents and 999 emergency call operators. The paper is expected to draw conclusions about the leadership of the LFB and its preparedness for a cladding fire.