The cost of the Grenfell fire investigation
As the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire looms, the costs of the enquiry soar and families of victims, survivors and residents are still waiting for answers about who was responsible for the deaths of 72 people. The Grenfell Inquiry continues to delve into Module Three, which looks at fire safety measures in Grenfell Tower and how residents' complaints fell on deaf ears.
A recent newsletter published by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry reveals:
'The total costs of the enquiry's work since August 2017 have reached £117 million (€134,810,910.00).
Within this amount, £61 million are legal fees, including the £220,000 annual salary of the chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick.
Nearly half of the legal costs relate to representation of interested parties, including representatives of bereaved families, survivors and residents, and two firefighters' unions.
10 million was spent on expert advisers.
Module three of the enquiry is continuing.
Evidence from senior representatives of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) continues in part one of module three.
The second part of the module will focus on compliance with the Fire Safety Order and the competence of Carl Stokes, who is responsible for fire risk assessments at the TMO. London Fire Service officers are also expected to give evidence as an enforcement authority.
From 17 May, the enquiry plans to allow families, survivors and residents who wish to attend the proceedings in person.
Fire Protection Association press release 03.05 2021