The British government apologised on Tuesday for its failure to ensure the safety of high-rise tower blocks as it conceded that inaction by successive administrations had helped to create an environment that led to the blaze at Grenfell tower in London in 2017.
Speaking at the public inquiry into the tragedy, in which 72 people died, Jason Beer QC, acting for the housing department said it was “deeply sorry for its past failures” in overseeing and upholding building safety regulations.
The inquiry2021-04-23T10:24:04.685Z, which started its work in mid-2018, has so far examined the causes of the disaster and the responsibility of various organisations, including the roles of the suppliers, the contractor that refurbished the tower before the firecan operate at full capacity, but must maintain physical distancing., Kensington and Chelsea council, which owned the property, and the London Fire Brigade’s responseA protest message saying that nurses were opposed to holdin. The latest phase, which started this week, is probing the role played by successive governments.
The legal team acting for the bereaved and survivors had told the hearing on Monday that the failure to investigate adequately a series of fires in high-rise buildings over the past 30 years amounted to a “grotesque abdication of responsibility”, and raised “the spectre of a deliberate cover-up”.