James Brokenshire gives update on Grenfell Tower response

10 June 2019

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, updated the House of Commons on Grenfell Tower.

On 14 June 2017 a fire broke out at Grenfell Tower, a 24 storey residential housing block in North Kensington, London. 72 people died as a result of the fire. The tower, which provided social housing, contained 129 flats. The fire appeared to spread rapidly up the building and concerns have been raised over renovations to the building and fire safety measures in place.

The Government has since given details on its building safety programme, set up a public inquiry and recovery taskforce to look at the issues raised following the tragedy.

The Secretary of State told MPs;

"People living in buildings like Grenfell Tower need to trust there can be no repeat of what happened that night, to trust that the state understands their lives and is working for them."

Responding on behalf of the Opposition, Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said;

"The Grenfell survivors and families with us today will draw little comfort or confidence from the Secretary of State's update statement. He made no new announcement and offered no new action."

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