Public inquiry

In this section you can find information on the public inquiry.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry published its Phase 1 report on 30 October 2019. The focus of Phase 1 has been to establish what happened on the night of 14 June 2017. The report has been welcomed by survivors for its wide-ranging findings.

The headline findings include:

  • The cause of the fire and the cause of the spread of the fire, concluding that flames spread rapidly due to the presence of ACM panels with polyethylene cores.
  • That there is evidence to suggest that the external wall system used at Grenfell Tower was not compliant with building regulations.
  • Recommendations for building owners, including on specific safety checks of buildings, the provision of information to local fire services and residents, reviewing and maintaining fire safety mechanisms, evacuation procedures, and on checking the compliance of fire doors.

The report confirms that further investigation will be needed in Phase 2 of the inquiry on:

  • The evidence relating to the circumstances in which people in the building died.
  • The warnings given by the local community about potential fire hazards.
  • The rigour and enforcement of the testing regime for construction materials and cladding systems.
  • Whether fire doors in the building were compliant.
  • Whether specific fire safety mechanisms in the building worked as intended.

There are a number of findings in the report that may have implications for housing associations in the long term, and we’re preparing a briefing for members that will set these out.

Phase 2 of the inquiry will examine the circumstances and causes of the fire, and is expected to begin in early 2020.

More information is available on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry website.  

We have met with the inquiry to explain who we are and our role, so that they are aware of the information and support we could offer them if they thought it appropriate. We’ll continue to monitor the progress of the inquiry to understand what the implications of its findings will be for our sector and any support we can provide our members as a result.