The Inquiry has published an update on its work.
Resumption of Hearings
Hearings will resume on Tuesday 7 September at 14:00.
Now that the Government has removed the majority of its Covid-19 restrictions, the Inquiry will open its premises to all BSRs and members of the public who wish to attend when hearings resume in September. However, a majority of the Inquiry team will continue to work from home and we are asking RLRs to avoid attending unless it is necessary. While Covid-19 cases remain high and the rules on self-isolation remain, we want to minimise the risk of disruption to the progress of hearings.
An enhanced cleaning regime will continue. We ask that attendees continue to wear masks when moving around the building and make use of the numerous sanitiser stations available.
As at 24 August 2021, the Inquiry had disclosed 20,752 documents in Phase 1 and 267,159 in Phase 2, making a total of 287,911.
Core Participant figures
The full list of the Inquiry's core participants (CPs) is available on the key documents page. Further information on CPs is covered in our guide, which includes details of the role they play in the Inquiry and how this differs from being a witness.
The total number of CPs is 642.
Support arrangements during hearings
BSRs and members of the public will be able to get in touch with Hestia directly to access wellbeing services by contacting 0800 246 5617 between 09:45 and 16:45 Monday to Thursday.
Hestia will provide a range of services including:
- One-to-one telephone or online support sessions that BSRs will be able to book with a counsellor during the day or at the end of the day’s hearings. Please contact Hestia on 0800 246 5617.
- Drop-in video conference group sessions (twice daily) where BSRs can join a counsellor in a peer support group to support one another and to air and talk through any feelings or concerns. These sessions will start and finish with some resilience exercises, for example paced breathing, grounding and mindfulness exercises and taught resilience tools. For more information and instructions for joining a group session please contact Hestia on 0800 246 5617.
Counselling support services continue to be available for anyone who wants to talk about their emotional wellbeing. The NHS Grenfell Outreach Team is available Monday to Thursday from 08:00 to 20:00, and on Friday from 08:00 to 17:00. Their number is 0208 637 6279. More information, including out of hours contact numbers, can be found on the NHS website.
The Inquiry team can be contacted by telephone on 0800 121 4282 or by email at [email protected].