source: The Guardian
published: 10 June 2019
Survivors and bereaved of Grenfell Tower are to tell the government that it risks allowing a second disaster by “going through the motions” and failing to tackle the root causes of the fire.
They will address the housing secretary, James Brokenshire, at an event in parliament on Monday. The second anniversary of the blaze is on Friday and tens of thousands of people are still living in dangerous homes, the public inquiry has been beset by delays, and promises to give council tenants a bigger voice have not yet been delivered.
Some of the survivors and bereaved are so disappointed by the slow pace of action and angered by what they see as a failure to give priority to their concerns that they are considering boycotting the second phase of the inquiry, which is due to start next year, the Guardian understands.
Friday’s commemorations for the 72 people who died in the fire will include a church service, a vigil near the block and a silent evening march through the surrounding streets.
Grenfell United, the group of bereaved and survivors, has spent most of the past two years in close contact with cabinet ministers and the prime minister and has concluded that “in most cases those in power simply aren’t interested in acting on our concerns”.