Last edited 28 May 2024

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 2 Report

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is a British public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people and destroyed Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. To date the inquiry has been running for seven years since it was set up in 2017 and has disclosed over 320,000 documents to core participants, received over 1,600 witness statements, and held more than 300 public hearings. More than 530 individuals and organisations have been granted core participant status which it is believed to be the largest number accredited to a public inquiry in the UK.

The inquiry was divided into two phases, in general, phase 1 covering what happened on the night of the fire, and phase 2 covering how and why it happened. The phase 1 report from the inquiry was published at the end of 2019, and whilst the Pase 2 report has suffered a number of delays, the hearings for the second phase were finally closed on May 22, 2024 and the final report, now due to be published on Wednesday September 4, 2024.

Also on May 22, Metropolitain police deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Cundy said the release of the report is likely to delay being able to consider charges, as time will be needed to consider the final findings of the public inquiry into the disaster and the complexity of the investigation. The Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service officvially said no charges would be announced until late 2026 at the earliest because of the increasing “scale and complexity” of the inquiry. Though nineteen companies and organisations are currently under investigation, along with 58 individuals over the disaster, it was confirmed that it is unlikely that any defendants would appear in court before 2027, if there are prosecutions.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry website was set up to provide the latest information on the Grenfell Inquiry, including details of hearings, evidence and how to contact the inquiry team for further information visit: www.grenfelltowerinquiry.org.uk/.

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