The Inquiry has published an update on its work.
This update provides a digest of:
● Resumption of limited attendance hearings
● Appointment of Local Authority Assessor
● Disclosure figures
● Core Participant numbers
● Support arrangements during remote hearings
● Contact information
● Drop-in sessions
Resumption of limited attendance hearings
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week, the Inquiry is formulating plans to return
safely to its premises at 13 Bishop’s Bridge road at an appropriate point. Information regarding
those plans will be shared with core participants in due course then published on the Inquiry’s
Appointment of Local Authority Assessor
John Mothersole has been appointed by the Chairman as a local authority assessor. The Chairman
is satisfied that Mr Mothersole brings the necessary in-depth understanding and expertise of the
operation of local authorities to assist the Inquiry and is familiar with best practice in areas
relevant to the Inquiry’s terms of reference.
Mr Mothersole will begin following hearings in detail from the start of Module 3. More
information on assessors can be found on the Inquiry’s website here.
As at 24 February 2021, the Inquiry has disclosed 20,752 documents in Phase 1 and 219,909 in
Phase 2, making a total of 240,661.
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.
719 individuals have applied for CP status, of which 633 have been granted.
83 organisations have applied for CP status, of which 39 have been granted.
Support arrangements during remote hearings
During remote hearings, the Inquiry continues to facilitate wellbeing support as before, but it will
be able to deliver the service only by telephone and video conferencing. 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 open 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, can be found on the NHS website.
The Inquiry will continue to arrange interpreters on request for BSRs. This service will be delivered
In line with social restrictions, all Inquiry team members are working remotely to ensure
operations continue, but can still be contacted on 0800 121 4282 or by emailing
In accordance with current guidance on public gatherings, the Inquiry is not currently holding
drop-in events, but you can continue to contact the Inquiry team by phone or email using the
details set out above.