Inspection of the London Fire Brigade response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry
On 4 August 2020, the Home Secretary commissioned HMICFRS to review the governance and progress of London Fire Brigade’s action plan to implement the recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report.
This early review would indicate whether London’s significant transformation programme is starting to have a positive effect and the brigade has made sufficient progress on delivering against the recommendations.
Inspection of the London Fire Brigade’s progress to implement the recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 report
We reported the findings from our review to the Home Secretary in January 2021.
The report shows that we are encouraged by the progress the brigade has started to make over the past year. Clearly, there has been a sustained focus and effort on understanding the lessons from the fire and acting where the inquiry recommended it should.
It is impossible to judge progress over the past year without recognising the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We were impressed by the brigade’s preparedness for, and response to, the pandemic. However, the brigade has told us that Covid-19 has affected its ability to make some of the planned improvements. And there is still a huge amount of work for the brigade to do.