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Grenfell: two years on

This week we have published a number of articles to mark the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire – here they all are in one place. Picture: Rex Features

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Grenfell second anniversary: all our articles in one place #NeverAgain #ukhousing

This week we have published a number of articles to mark the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire – here they are in all one place #ukhousing #NeverAgain

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How politicians missed the chance to stop Grenfell A special investigation looking into the government’s failure to act on the warnings from the fatal Lakanal House fire in 2009 in time to prevent the Grenfell tragedy.

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Barking fire shows many fire safety gaps remain two years after Grenfell This week the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy was marked by a fire destroying another block of flats. This is why it is time to step up efforts to improve fire safety, writes Martin Hilditch.

Have the promises made after Grenfell been kept? After the Grenfell Tower fire, people in power made a number of pledges. But two years on from the tragedy, have they been true to their word? Peter Apps finds out.

Grenfell’s forgotten victims: life on the Lancaster West after the fire Residents of the flats surrounding Grenfell Tower have been through a housing crisis like no other – many diagnosed with PTSD as a result. Luke Barratt hears some of their stories.

Grenfell management company ignored Lakanal recommendations after government said they would not be mandatory A previously unreleased report shows that Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation ignored Lakanal advice after Department for Communities and Local Government officials said they would “not become mandatory”.

Barking fire makes the urgent need for action only too clear The horrific fire in Barking on Sunday is a reminder that there is much to do when it comes to residents’ safety, writes Jules Birch.

We got the Grenfell rehousing process wrong and it is time to apologies to survivors The rush to hit arbitrary deadlines in the rehousing process put pressure on survivors when pressure was the last thing they needed. It’s time to say sorry, again, writes Kim Taylor-Smith, deputy leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council.


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Never Again campaign

Never Again campaign

Inside Housing has launched a campaign to improve fire safety following the Grenfell Tower fire

Never Again: campaign asks

Inside Housing is calling for immediate action to implement the learning from the Lakanal House fire, and a commitment to act – without delay – on learning from the Grenfell Tower tragedy as it becomes available.

LANDLORDS

  • Take immediate action to check cladding and external panels on tower blocks and take prompt, appropriate action to remedy any problems
  • Update risk assessments using an appropriate, qualified expert.
  • Commit to renewing assessments annually and after major repair or cladding work is carried out
  • Review and update evacuation policies and ‘stay put’ advice in light of risk assessments, and communicate clearly to residents

GOVERNMENT

  • Provide urgent advice on the installation and upkeep of external insulation
  • Update and clarify building regulations immediately – with a commitment to update if additional learning emerges at a later date from the Grenfell inquiry
  • Fund the retrofitting of sprinkler systems in all tower blocks across the UK (except where there are specific structural reasons not to do so)

We will submit evidence from our research to the Grenfell public inquiry.

The inquiry should look at why opportunities to implement learning that could have prevented the fire were missed, in order to ensure similar opportunities are acted on in the future.

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN HERE

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