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Grenfell Tower public inquiry to formally open

FATAL: Grenfell Tower

THE PUBLIC inquiry into the causes and response to the Grenfell Tower disaster will formally open today (Sep 14).

Survivors of the tragic blaze are set to attend the first hearing of the inquiry, where retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick will deliver a 45-minute statement setting out the scope of the probe.

The inquiry will examine the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council.

No evidence will be heard at the opening at Grand Connaught Rooms in central London on Thursday, with an interim report expected by early 2018.

Shadow housing minister John Healey, in a letter to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, said: "Thirteen weeks after the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower, it is astonishing that ministers still cannot tell tenants and the public how many of the country's 4,000 high-rise tower blocks are not safe, that promises of financial support for urgent work have not been honoured, and that the support for Grenfell survivors is still hopelessly inadequate."

Survivors and victims' families will be able to watch live on a screen in Notting Hill Methodist Church.

A silent march is planned for later on Thursday evening at the same church where the hearing will be screened.

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