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Government Promises No Prosecution For Illegal Subletting In Grenfell Tower

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The UK government has promised no prosecution for illegally subletting an apartment at Grenfell Tower. This is in hopes to continue identifying all victims of the fire that killed at least 80 people.

The Promise

In hopes of speeding up the identification of Grenfell Tower’s victims, the UK government has promised that it will not be prosecuting people if they illegally subletted their apartments there. This came after the Public Prosecutions Director, Alison Saunders, has told prosecutors that it is of “public interest” to identify the tower’s victims by doing so.

Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, announced this, saying: “Supporting those affected by the tragic events at Grenfell Tower has been the absolute priority of the government – that includes making sure that loved ones still missing are identified.

“Therefore I would urge those with information to come forward without fear of prosecution.”

Saunders also said: “It is a priority for investigators to establish who was in Grenfell Tower on that tragic day and it is crucial that we do everything possible to support them,” she said.

Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General, who also pushed for this decision, added: “Every piece of information will help the authorities accurately identify who was in the flats at the time of the fire.

“I hope this statement provides some much needed clarity to residents and the local community, and encourages anyone with information to come forward.”

What Else Is Being Done?

A national fire safety investigation was instigated shortly after the fire, in which 181 blocks at about 51 areas have failed the “cladding” tests. The cladding of the Grenfell Tower was reportedly what was to blame for the fire. Around 600 blocks are being tested to see if they have the same cladding.

Also, on top of promising no prosecution for subletting, the Metropolitan Police have said that it as well as the Home Office will not be investigating the immigration status of any residents in the building.