News in Brief
Campaigners say that people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire may boycott the inquiry into the disaster if the proposed scope is not widened. Sir Martin MooreBick, who will lead the investigation, said previously he was “doubtful” the investigation would be sufficiently far-reaching to satisfy those who survived the blaze. The inquiry is proposed to consider how the fire started and how it developed so rapidly. Calls have been made for the investigation to be broadened. The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, Nicholas Holgate, resigned after being asked to do so by communities secretary Sajid Javid. The move came after a tide of criticism of the council’s response to the tragedy.
Rolls-Royce has pledged to protect 7,000 engineering jobs in the east Midlands as part of a £150m ($195m) investment, its largest single outlay in the UK for more than a decade. The company struck a deal with unions that will safeguard work for nearly a third of its 22,300-strong UK workforce for five years, as it prepares to double the number of engines it builds.
Children in the care system in Jersey continue to be at risk, a report into the sexual and physical abuse of hundreds of children on the island concluded. The Jersey care home inquiry severely criticised the island’s politicians for failing children in their care over the last 70 years. The report called for one of the symbols of the abuse, the Haut de la Garenne children’s home, to be demolished. The inquiry, chaired by Frances Oldham QC, said it had been told by foster carers that the island had “not learned any lessons whatsoever, no matter how many SCRs [serious case reviews] have occurred”.
The UK’s first nuclear power station for more than two decades is at least £1.5bn ($1.93bn) over budget and could be completed 15 months behind schedule, its developer said. French state-owned EDF said the cost overrun for two reactors at Hinkley in Somerset could hit £2.2bn – taking the total cost to £20.3bn, up from £18bn.