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Grenfell Tower Inquiry Progress: Draft chapters nearing completion, community interaction enhanced

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Report drafting underway

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has published its November 2023 newsletter, revealing progress in drafting the final report.

The Inquiry Panel is currently engaged in the rule 13 process, which involves notifying individuals and organisations potentially subject to criticism in the report.

This process has reached over halfway, with more than 100 warning letters sent so far.

Chapters covering various aspects, including the history of the refurbishment, the London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) response, and the conduct of product manufacturers, are nearing completion.

However, the extensive evidence collected necessitates a prolonged drafting period, with the final report’s publication expected no earlier than April next year​​.

Continued document publication

Post the conclusion of Phase 2 hearings, the Inquiry team is focused on a sweep-up and publication process.

Documents are being continually added to the Inquiry’s website, ensuring transparency and accessibility of information to the public​​.

Community engagement

The Inquiry has scheduled a community drop-in session for December 11, 2023, offering the public an opportunity to learn more about the Inquiry process and engage directly with the Inquiry team​​.

Key figures disclosed

As of November 21, 2023, the Inquiry disclosed a total of 320,431 documents across two phases.

Additionally, the Inquiry has 638 core participants, highlighting the broad involvement and impact of the Inquiry​​​​.

Support for wellbeing

Recognising the emotional impact of the Inquiry, counselling support services remain available.

The NHS Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service offers support for those affected, ensuring ongoing care for emotional wellbeing​​.

Open lines of communication

The Inquiry maintains open communication channels, encouraging individuals to contact the team via telephone or email for inquiries or support​​.

IFSJ Comment

The November 2023 update from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry underscores the intricate and detailed nature of such a comprehensive investigation.

The progress in drafting the final report, while time-consuming, reflects a thorough and meticulous approach to understanding and documenting the tragic events surrounding the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Inquiry’s commitment to transparency through the publication of documents and the organisation of community sessions demonstrates an inclusive approach, ensuring the process is accessible and understandable to the public and those directly affected.

The continued support for emotional wellbeing further highlights the Inquiry’s recognition of the long-term impact of the tragedy on individuals and communities.

Overall, this update is a significant milestone, indicating a move towards closure and understanding for all those impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire.

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