EHRC inquiry: Following Grenfell

The Grenfell Tower fire caused catastrophic loss of life for which the State may have been responsible.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a December 2017 inquiry following the fire.

The inquiry will explore the equality and human rights issues involved; and in particular:

  • The state’s duty to investigate deaths and incidents of inhuman and
    degrading treatment where the State may be implicated
  • The right to life of the Grenfell tower’s residents
  • Any inhuman and degrading treatment experienced by survivors, witnesses and those otherwise affected
  • Residents’ right to safe and adequate housing
  • Residents’ access to justice, before and after the fire
  • The rights of children affected
  • Whether the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea complied with
    the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty
  • Whether the socio-economic duty in s1 Equality Act 2010 would have made a difference, if it had been in force.

Read the EHRC’s statement (pdf) and press release.