21 September 2018,
Grenfell Inquiry criticised for not funding translation of witness statements for survivors and witnesses
The inquiry into the deaths of 72 people in the Grenfell Tower fire is not automatically translating witness statements or expert reports into other languages, according to a leading charity.
According to the charity INQUEST, which handles state-related deaths, lawyers for the families bereaved by the fire on 14 June 2017 are having to apply for funding for evidence to be translated for their clients, as the inquiry itself will not fund translation services as a rule.
Remy Mohamed, Grenfell Project Coordinator at INQUEST, said: “It is disheartening to see that some bereaved survivors and residents feel disconnected from the inquiry process. Issues about the venue, disclosure and questioning of witnesses remain ever present.
“Through not routinely translating key statements and evidence, the inquiry team are further isolating those for whom English may not be a first language.” […]