Magazine article Public Finance

Housing Groups to Fill Gaps Left by Grenfell Inquiry

Magazine article Public Finance

Housing Groups to Fill Gaps Left by Grenfell Inquiry

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Housing umbrella bodies are looking to explore social housing policy issues arising from the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation are examining how they can fi ll the gap that will not be covered by the governmentordered public inquiry, although PF understands the two bodies are currently working separately.

Issues to be covered could include the role of social housing now and in the future, how it is funded and public and government understanding of it.

Head of the public inquiry Sir Martin Moore-Bick drew criticism when he said in August that he would not include wider social policy while looking into the causes of the blaze.

A consultation had revealed people wanted him to examine this and the relationship between tenants and the landlord of Grenfell Tower, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

But, in his terms of reference for the inquiry, released in August, Moore-Bick wrote that on "careful refl ection" he had decided it was "not the best way" forward.

This was because "there is an obvious need for my inquiry to complete its work as quickly as possible" and that the "inclusion of such broad questions within the scope of the inquiry would raise questions of a social, economic and political nature, which in my view are not suitable for a judge-led inquiry". …

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