A COMMUNITY justice group filed an urgent application for a judicial review of the official Grenfell fire inquiry yesterday.
BME Lawyers 4 Grenfell, which is made up of black minority ethnic legal specialists, community groups and survivors, has serious concerns that full justice will not be achieved for victims and survivors of the fire, their families and local residents.
The group’s action follows repeated pleas from survivors of the London tower-block fire and families of the deceased for the inquiry’s terms of reference to be widened.
There have also been numerous calls for the appointment of a diverse panel — reflecting the ethnicity and faiths of the survivors — to assist the inquiry to ensure it is fully addresses issues surrounding race and austerity as well as issues around the fire and its aftermath.
Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to address these concerns, keep her promise of a proper public consultation on the inquiry’s parameters or even acknowledge correspondence, the group said.
Association of Muslim Lawyers president and BME Lawyers 4 Grenfell co-founder Ismet Rawat said: “The government’s response so far to a human tragedy of such magnitude on UK soil has been inept to say the least and has inevitably added to the trauma and distress of individuals and the wider community.
“The fire in the Grenfell tower block is one of the worst collective losses of life seen in UK peacetime and yet, three months later, we still have survivors displaced and homeless, with countless others psychologically scarred and under-supported by local authorities.
“It is therefore critical that the inquiry is established robustly.”