On 14 June 2017, the fire at Grenfell Tower claimed the lives of 72 people and devastated a close-knit community in the heart of London.
Two years on, the bereaved, survivors and residents are still waiting for justice.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has been actively involved in the public inquiry set up to investigate the causes of the fire. Through our participation we hope to secure justice for the victims by ensuring that those responsible are held to account.
As the professional voice of firefighting, the FBU is uniquely placed to understand what change is needed within fire and building safety, to ensure that a fire like the one that happened at Grenfell, never happens again.
The FBU is calling on the government and decision-makers to act upon five key asks:
Remove flammable cladding from all tower blocks and public buildings
There are still 327 residential and public buildings using the same cladding as that on the Grenfell Tower, and 1,700 with other potentially combustible claddings, including hospitals, care homes and schools as well as high rises.
Retrofit sprinklers in high rises and schools, wherever a risk assessment deems them necessary
Coroners' reports have called for sprinkler systems to be fitted, but so far only 32 out of 837 council tower blocks over 30m tall have sprinklers.
Ensure tenants are given a real voice in the running and upkeep of their buildings
Grenfell tenants say their concerns about the materials used in the refurbishment were ignored by Kensington and Chelsea council. Tenants' rights should be strengthened and democratically-elected groups given a direct say.
Reverse the cuts to firefighter numbers and fire safety officers
In 2016-17, the government spent £1,013m on fire services, but in 2019-20, it will only spend £858m. Every single fire authority has seen the amount it receives in central government funding cut in the last three years.
Create a new independent national body to oversee standards and best practices in fire services across the country
There is no national body to oversee fire and rescue service and fire policy. This means standards vary across authorities and lessons are not being learned. Minimum standards should be set for response times and crewing levels.