Hun­dreds ap­ply to be core par­tic­i­pants in Gren­fell Tower in­quiry

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

MORE THAN 500 in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions have so far ap­plied to be core par­tic­i­pants in the pub­lic in­quiry into the Gren­fell fire.

At the open­ing of the in­quiry on Septem­ber 14, chair­man Sir Martin Moore-Bick, in­set, said about 300 ap­pli­ca­tions had been re­ceived.

In the month fol­low­ing his open­ing state­ment, a fur­ther 200 ap­pli­ca­tions have been made by those wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate, the in­quiry said.

Core par­tic­i­pants (CPs) are af­forded the right to ask ques­tions dur­ing the hear­ings as well as ac­cess ev­i­dence.

Many sur­vivors are among those to have ap­plied for such sta­tus, some as part of cam­paign groups such as Jus­tice4Gren­fell, oth­ers in­di­vid­u­ally. While those wish­ing to be core par­tic­i­pants were asked to sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions by Septem­ber 8, the chair­man made it clear that any ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived af­ter that date would still be con­sid­ered. In the case of the Gren­fell In­quiry, cer­tain groups au­to­mat­i­cally qual­i­fied for CP sta­tus. Th­ese were the sur­vivors of the fire, all in­di­vid­u­als who were res­i­dents of Gren­fell Tower at the time of the blaze, and the fam­i­lies of those who died or were in­jured and un­able to par­tic­i­pate in the in­quiry as a re­sult. Sir Martin has in­di­cated a re­port of pre­lim­i­nary find­ings will be pre­pared in time for Easter 2018.

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