Grenfell Tower fire anniversary sparks renewed calls for regulation

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Seventh anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire

This Friday (14 June) marks the seventh anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, which killed 72 people.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is set to publish its final report in September.

The Fire Brigades Union has called on the Labour Party to tackle the lack of regulation that led to the disaster and to hold those responsible accountable.

Referencing Labour’s pledge to build 1.5 million homes in its first term, the union’s leader, Matt Wrack, said: “Promises to build homes are welcome – but they must be safe.”

Fire Brigades Union’s stance

Speaking ahead of the anniversary, Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary, said: “The Grenfell Tower fire was a crime committed by politicians and corporations on residents they were supposed to protect.

“Those responsible must be held accountable. But fundamentally, Grenfell was caused by a lack of regulation and oversight by ministers.”

Wrack further criticised the current government: “The Tories have failed to implement adequate safety measures and continue to leave many thousands of high rise residents at risk.

“The next Labour government must end the crime of deregulation, with proper standards and oversight of building materials, design and evacuation plans.

“The fire service must be given the resources it needs for a programme of enforcement and inspection.”

Labour’s housing pledge

Labour has pledged to build 1.5 million homes in its first term.

The Fire Brigades Union supports this initiative but emphasises the necessity of safety in these new homes.

Matt Wrack stated: “Promises to build homes are welcome – but they must be safe.”

The union is advocating for comprehensive safety regulations to be put in place, including strict standards for building materials and design, as well as robust evacuation plans.

The call for action underscores the ongoing risks faced by residents in high-rise buildings.

Accountability and future measures

The Fire Brigades Union is urging the next government to ensure accountability for those responsible for the Grenfell disaster.

This includes addressing the failures in regulation and oversight that contributed to the tragedy.

The union stresses the importance of equipping the fire service with the necessary resources to enforce and inspect safety measures effectively.

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