Campaign begins fight in High Court over ‘failure’ to implement Grenfell inquiry

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A campaign group has begun a High Court fight after complaining about a Government “failure” to implement Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations relating to people living in high-rise flats who have disabilities.

Claddag has raised concerns relating to recommendations that owners of high-rise residential buildings should prepare “personal emergency evacuation plans” for people with disabilities.

Lawyers representing the group on Tuesday asked a High Court judge to quash a decision “not to implement” recommendations.

Mrs Justice Stacey is considering arguments at a High Court hearing in London due to end later this week.

Tower block fire in London
People taking part in a silent walk in remembrance of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Barrister Raj Desai, who is representing Claddag – and two individual claimants – told the judge that 72 people had following the outbreak of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14 2017.

He said those who died were “disproportionately persons with disabilities” whose “ability to self-evacuate was compromised”.

He said legal duties mandating owners and managers of high-rise residential buildings to prepare emergency evacuation plans for residents whose ability to self-evacuate “may be compromised” had been recommended.

Mr Desai argued that a decision had been made not to implement “these recommendations”.

He added: “The claimants seek… an order quashing the decision not to implement the… recommendations.”

Mr Desai told the judge: “Grenfell Tower, in common with the preponderance of purpose-built blocks of flats, had a stay-put strategy.

“A stay-put strategy is premised on the construction of the building, which is intended to have the capacity to resist the spread of fire for designated periods of time through compartmentation.”

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A general view of the remains of Grenfell Tower in London Dominic Lipinski/PA) (

Mr Desai said evidence showed there were “always” people who “must evacuate”.

Claddag has thanked people who helped raise money to fund the legal fight.

“We launched a crowdfund appeal to help us raise funds to protect ourselves against adverse costs should our legal challenge against the Government over its failure to implement key Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations be unsuccessful,” said a statement on the group’s website.

“We are thrilled to say we have raised over £21,500.”

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