Government accused of cladding fire risk ‘cover-ups’

Lawyer tells Grenfell inquiry that officials ‘shut down’ investigations in ‘grotesque abdication of responsibility’

A ‘Justice for Grenfell’ event
A ‘Justice for Grenfell’ demonstration in London
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The government may be guilty of “deliberate cover-ups” of the findings of three reports into cladding fires in the 1990s, according to lawyers acting on behalf of survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The public inquiry into the June 2017 blaze in west London that claimed 72 lives also heard that officials suppressed information about the combustibility of the cladding used on Lakanal House, a tower block in the south of the capital where a fire killed six people in 2009.

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