Laura Sharman 07 February 2020

Councils slam Grenfell's witnesses' immunity request

Councils would be unlikely to use products from any company that fails to cooperate fully with the Grenfell Tower inquiry, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

This week the inquiry forwarded the request to grant witnesses immunity from having any evidence they give being used against them in future prosecutions to the Attorney General.

The LGA said it was ‘extremely’ concerned about the request as all those involved have a duty to fully participate in the inquiry and tell the unedited truth,.

Lord Porter, building safety spokesman for the LGA, said: 'We are concerned that either granting this request or, if it is denied, any subsequent refusal by witnesses to answer the Inquiry’s questions, will frustrate justice and hamper attempts to learn the lessons of Grenfell - lessons which are all the more urgent given the large number of buildings still covered in dangerous cladding and the subsequent blanket of fear that remains imposed on those who live in them.

'The LGA urges the Attorney General to do everything in his power to ensure the truth comes out in a manner that guarantees those who have a criminal case to answer face justice and does not jeopardise civil litigation against those responsible for rendering buildings unsafe.'

Lord Porter added: 'It would be hard to imagine that in the future any council would allow the use of any products manufactured by any company who did not cooperate fully with the inquiry.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Trusted Assessor

City of Bradford MDC
£28,226 - £32,798 pa
We are looking for people who can
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Interim Programme Manager Family Hubs

Tile Hill
Negotiable day rate
We are supporting our local authority client in their search for an Interim Programme Manager Family Hubs. London (Greater)
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Training & Development Officer

City of Bradford MDC
£28,226 pa - £32,798 pa
This is a key role in the development of front line staff within Facilities Management Catering & Cleaning Services. Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Home Care Assistant - Doris Jones

Essex County Council
Up to £9.81 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Doris Jones to recruit Home Care Assistants for their home care service around Southend.Th England, Essex, Southend-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Team Leader - Clinical Delivery - Doris Jones

Essex County Council
£24000 - £29000 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Doris Jones to recruit a Team Leader for their home care service based in Westcliff-on-Sea. England, Essex, Southend-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.