Grenfell inquiry to examine council actions

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A silent march to pay respect to those killed in the Grenfell Tower disaster makes its way down Ladbroke GroveImage copyright PA
Image caption Hundreds marched silently on Monday to mark two months since the fire

The actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council are to be considered in the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, the government has announced.

It will also look at the adequacy of regulations, the tower’s recent refurbishment, and the response of authorities in the blaze’s aftermath.

It comes after the judge heading the inquiry previously said its scope could be much more limited.

The PM said broader social questions would not be considered.

However, Theresa May said she was “determined” these questions would not be left “unanswered”.

Sir Martin, the retired judge leading the inquiry, suggested in a letter recommending the scope of the inquiry that wider consideration of social housing policy should not be included, despite the protestation of survivors.

Mrs May said: “It is vital that there is justice for the victims of this appalling tragedy and for their families who have suffered so terribly.

“I am determined that the broader questions raised by this fire – including around social housing – are not left unanswered.”

The prime minister added that the government would meet social housing tenants to “discuss the challenges they face” and would be setting out further proposals “in due course”.

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