HCLG Committee to hold ‘special session’ on Grenfell

Committee to question residents’ groups, council, and Government on rehousing and other support for residents.

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLG) has confirmed a one-off Grenfell session next week.

Residents’ groups, Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Government will be quizzed over work on housing and other support for residents, a year on from the disaster.

A first panel on Wednesday (June 20), will feature residents’ representatives including witnesses from Grenfell United.

The committee will then question the leader and chief executive of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea alongside Nick Hurd MP, Home Office Minister with responsibility for Grenfell victims work, and a representative from MHCLG.

Committee chair Clive Betts MP said: “The public inquiry is carrying out the hugely important role of examining the events leading up to the Grenfell Tower fire to ensure lessons are learnt for the future.

“As a Committee, we want to examine what is being done now by the local authority and others to support residents and make sure all those affected have access to the appropriate services and are getting the help they need.

“A year on from this tragic event, it is vital all those affected continue to be properly supported by all the authorities involved and have proper access to support services such as counselling.

“We will also be pressing Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Government on what they are doing to deliver on their promises to residents, particularly on the issue of rehousing.”

Last month, the Committee questioned Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety on her final report.

The Committee also wrote to the Secretary of State James Brokenshire calling for an immediate ban on the use of combustible cladding in high-rise buildings.

The Committee will be holding separate further evidence sessions on the immediate and longer-term changes needed to improve the safety of residential tower blocks, and how improvements can be applied more widely in the construction industry.

 

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