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Grenfell Tower Update Inquiry Postponed Over Immunity Question

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The CBI, Britain’s has requested ‘maximum transparency and accountability’ in the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry. Companies involved in the hearing asking for immunity from prosecution if they do provide evidence. The chair of the Grenfell Tower has now delayed the hearing for at least two weeks so the Attorney General can decide if evidence provided by the companies can be used against them in any future prosecutions.

Student Residence, Trinity Halls, a student accommodation building in Leeds, was found to have numerous serious fire safety breaches, risking the lives of 27 students who have lived there since 2016. An enforcement inspection found a lack of fire alarms and detection,  travel distances of 35 metres to get to the nearest fire escape (recommended 18 metres), no fire risk assessment and insufficient precautions to prevent the risk of fire. A prohibition order was issued vacating the building.

Trinity Developments Ltd, Niche Homes Ltd and APP Construction Ltd were found to have had ‘high culpability’ and they should have known potentially catastrophic shortcomings. A total of £670,000 was issued against the companies. Acceptable safety measures are now in place at Trinity Hall.

'Worried Local Authorities as a result of Grenfell'
9th January 2020, In a reply to a written question asked by a Labour MP, Esther McVey, Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), said her department had received more than 300 emails a month since the Grenfell fire in June 2017. As of November 2019, there were in excess of 9,000 emails dating back to June 2017.” The mailbox was set up for local authorities and housing associations to report towers which used aluminium composite cladding, the type used on the Grenfell tower.

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