The ministers rejected key recommendation from Grenfell Tower public request that everything disabled tenants should get a personal evacuation plan in in event of and fire, drawing the ire of survivors and disability campaigners.
Fifteen of 37 disabled the inhabitants died in 2017 fire and Sir Martin Moore-Bick, Chairman of request, recommended in October 2019 that “owner and manager of each high-rise Residential building be required legally prepare personal emergency evacuation plans [Peeps] for all residents whose ability to self-evacuation may be compromised (for example, persons with reduced mobility or cognition).
But the Home Office said it had decided it was inappropriate and impractical to introduce the plan, citing problems For example, the costs of landlords. He said good relationship between disabled and not-disabled residents could be placed in risk if the latter was to bear the costs associated with with evacuation plans for example, buying evacuation chairs or modifying buildings.
“Evidence base for Peeps is not enough to oblige their implementation in high-rise residential buildings at this stage,” the report says. announced a new consultation on alternative suggestions.
In 2019, Boris Johnson told parliament: “Where Sir Martin recommends for fire safety be taken on central government, we will pass the relevant laws.”
Robert Jenrick, then Communities secretary, added: “How prime minister said in his opening remarks government will accept everything of results of report and accept them in full”.
Disability Rights UK said governments decision was “completely reprehensible and shows that he does not consider our lives equal with not-disabled people”.
Fazilet Hadi, Disability Rights UK head of policy said: “Recommendation to jail Pips in place was made on request Grenfell Tower in October 2019, according to evidence fire safety experts. Almost 40% of in disabled residents living in the tower is dead in in the fire, and it is very likely that their lives could have been saved if Peeps had been in place … governments decision this is an omission of their obligations under the law and does not protect our human rights.”
Grenfell United, which represents the dead people and survivors said decision “It has left us silent. Outraged.” It states that the Grenfell investigation “concluded that government should drop his addiction on stay put and provide personal evacuation plans for disabled residents.”
“Today is three years on – government It has announced it will not comply with this core recommendation,” the statement said. in statement. “They decided that cutting expenses more important than value of human life. We won’t let it be swept under the rug.”
The alternative being considered by ministers is to share location of disabled residents with fire Services. This is likely to be limited to residential blocks. with evacuation, not stay in place, strategy in place buildings are usually considered more in fire risk. In these buildings, the landlords will required ask residents to report themselves if they feel they can need support evacuate in in event of a fire.
The local government association representing the councils said it would be “completely unacceptable to have a situation where the risk of a building in which residents who can do this, they are ordered to evacuate immediately if there is a fire but disabled residents left inside in Hope of the rescue fire service”.
“There must be a commitment on landlords take reasonable steps to ensure in safety of disabled residents,” said Claire Ian Stevens, chairman of LGA fire service management committee.