Grenfell Tower Inquiry: politicians ‘must take brunt of blame’ as they take to the stand

Politicians are set to appear as witnesses at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry for the first time on Wednesday, 30 March, amidst calls for the inquiry to highlight the role of governments in creating the system that in turn caused the…

Fire Brigades Union says key Grenfell witness ‘must be held responsible’ for his actions 

Ken Knight’s testimony before the Grenfell Tower Inquiry must mark a sea change in holding key government advisers to account for the fire, the Fire Brigades Union has said. The union has demanded he is held responsible for his actions.…

Firefighters union calls for immediate talks over fire-safety fear

The Fire Brigades Union has called for the Scottish Government to convene immediate multi-agency talks to try to find a solution to fire-safety concerns in schools and the home. The union has raised its concerns about the proposal to improve…

Plaque for tragic firefighter unveiled on 30th anniversary

A new plaque has been unveiled to commemorate a firefighter who died trying to save a young woman and child. Malcolm Kirton was aged 38 when he died fighting a fire at a large furniture and carpet store in Gainsborough,…

Fire Brigades Union responds to Gove cladding announcement

The Fire Brigades Union has said that Michael Gove’s announcement on the building safety crisis still leaves residents ‘desperately short of where they need to be’, more than four years after Grenfell.  Building safety crisis problems increase fire risk and therefore put…

Grenfell Inquiry: Grenfell driven by ‘agenda of deregulation’

The Fire Brigades Union lawyer for the inquiry has placed central importance on the ‘agenda of deregulation, privatisation and marketisation’ as causing the disaster. Martin Seaward said that an agenda ‘which encouraged companies to behave recklessly towards building safety’ was…

Labour conference agrees motion to fight cladding scandal

The Labour Party has backed action in relation to the building safety crisis that has arisen since Grenfell, calling for ‘sustained investment’ in public services that could help resolve the crisis and prevent it continuing in new buildings. The party…

Firefighters identify deadly private sector inspection threat in Building Safety Bill

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack has responded to the Building Safety Bill passing its second reading in Parliament on 21 July by saying that it is ‘vitally flawed’ in its present form. The bill is set to see…

Firefighters call for Grenfell Inquiry to investigate “revolving door” between manufacturers and regulators

Former Chief Executive of company which produced flammable insulation chaired the board of supposedly independent regulator Government changes to building safety guidance risk repeating mistakes made by companies responsible for allowing deadly Grenfell refurbishment, FBU says The Grenfell Tower Inquiry…

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