The Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced a new independent expert advisory panel to advise on any immediate measures that can be put in place to make buildings safe following the Grenfell Tower fire.
The panel will examine what immediate reaction is required to increase public confidence by demonstrating everything possible is being done to make all public and private buildings safe as quickly as possible.
The Panel will be chaired by Sir Ken Knight – a former London Fire Commissioner and former Government Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser – and consist of a range of building and fire safety experts.
The panel possesses a great deal of experience in fire and building safety, including testing processes and seek wider technical expertise as necessary to inform their advice to the Communities Secretary.
A separate independent Public Inquiry will still be held to investigate what happened and who was responsible for the tragedy.
Sajid Javid said: “It’s absolutely right that there will be an independent public inquiry to get to the truth about what happened and who was responsible for the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
“However, I want to know if there are measures we can put in place now to keep people safe and I want them done immediately. I want the public to be confident everything possible is being done.
“That is why I am announcing a new expert advisory panel to advise government on any immediate action that is required to ensure all buildings are safe.”
June 29, 2017