30 October 2019
Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said:
“We fully accept the findings and the criticism of the Council and we will be looking closely at the recommendations in the coming days to see how they can be implemented in our borough to make sure people are as safe as they can possibly be in their homes.
“We hope that phase two delivers the same clarity when the time comes, and all organisations involved act upon the findings, resisting the temptation to point the finger at each other during or after the process.
“We must all take responsibility for what has happened. No matter your point of view, your role, or which organisation you represent or worked for, Grenfell is a tragedy that should not have happened. It is a tragedy that can never happen again.
“We will continue doing all we can to assist and help the public inquiry, as demonstrated in phase one, and we understand that the actions and decisions of those serving the Council prior to 14 June 2017 will be under intense scrutiny.
“We welcome this, and we hope those giving evidence over the coming months and years accept it.
“Our first thoughts and our last thoughts will always be with those who lost their lives, their families, their friends. We will help to ensure lessons are learned and they can be applied by every council, every authority, every building owner, every private landlord, and every single person that has responsibility for housing in this country.”