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FPH submits advice on terms of reference for Grenfell Tower inquiry

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is advising on how the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire should be carried out.

FPH has made its formal consultation submission on the terms of reference of the inquiry.

Ruth Gelletlie, Chair of FPH's Housing and Homeless Special Interest Group, said: "The Faculty of Public Health recognises the challenging task faced by the Inquiry and we wish to offer our expertise, sensitively and constructively, for the benefit of the Grenfell community and to enable the Inquiry to reach its conclusions, speedily and accurately, based on the best available evidence.

"We believe the terms of reference for the Grenfell Tower disaster should be cast widely, to recognise the immediate problems of emergency response, but also to understand potential problems of building design, construction and regulation, housing policy and public resource allocation, and any other factors which may underpin these causes.

"To do otherwise would be to disrespect, and to fail to learn from the unimaginable suffering of the victims and their families, their neighbours, and their community.

"We also note that the United Kingdom history of public inquiries, from Aberfan to Hillsborough, has not instilled public confidence. The people most affected by the disaster have often felt their voice has not been properly listened to by public services and judiciary. We believe this is an opportunity for the historic public mistrust of public inquiries to be overcome."

Read the full consultation submission here.

Written: 04/08/2017 , last modified: 04/08/2017

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