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Grenfell public inquiry terms revealed

The government has outlined the terms of reference that will be used for an independent review into the Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed the lives of at least 80 people.

The review will assess current building and fire regulations following the tragedy, with a focus on high-rise residential buildings.

The government has outlined the review’s two key priorities: to develop a more robust regulatory system for the future; and to provide assurance to residents that the buildings they live in are safe and remain safe.

Dame Judith Hackitt was selected last month to lead the review.

She was chair of the Health and Safety Executive from 2007 to 2016 and has a background in engineering.

The review will report to both the communities secretary Sajid Javid and the home secretary Amber Rudd. 

An interim report is set to be submitted this autumn, with a final report due in spring 2018.

The government added that the review will co-operate fully with the public inquiry into the tragedy and that Dame Judith will review her recommendations in the light of the inquiry’s conclusions.

Mr Javid said: ”We must learn the lessons of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and ensure that a fire like this cannot happen again.

“This independent review led by Dame Judith Hackitt will address any potential failures and recommend how we ensure the whole Building Regulations and fire safety system is robust.

“I am determined that we do everything possible to make people safe and to ensure that they feel safe.”

Grenfell Tower review: Terms of reference

The review will:

  • Map the current regulatory system (ie the regulations, guidance and processes) as it applies to new and existing buildings through planning, design, construction, maintenance, refurbishment and change management.
  • Consider the competencies, duties and balance of responsibilities of key individuals within the system in ensuring that fire safety standards are adhered to.
  • Assess the theoretical coherence of the current regulatory system and how it operates in practice.
  • Compare this with other international regulatory systems for buildings and regulatory systems in other sectors with similar safety risks.
  • Make recommendations that ensure the regulatory system is fit for purpose with a particular focus on multi-occupancy high-rise residential buildings.

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