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Public inquiries: how can they lead to change?

Wednesday 13 December 2017 - 18:00
Wednesday 13 December 2017, 18:00

In the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, public inquiries are back in the spotlight. One of the most important measures of success for the Grenfell Inquiry – and for the other seven inquiries that are currently live – is how effective they are at making changes and preventing repeat disasters.

But at times inquiries have struggled to secure lasting change. This event examined why that is, and launched a new report from the IfG looking at what can be done about it.

Our panel included:

  • Jason Beer QC, Head of 5 Essex Court Chambers and a specialist in public inquiries who is acting in the Anthony Grainger Inquiry, the Undercover Policing Inquiry and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Joshua Rozenberg QC, one of the UK's best-known legal commentators and host of Radio 4's Law in Action. 
  • Emma Norris, Programme Director at the Institute for Government, and author of the Institute's forthcoming report on public inquiries. 

The event was chaired by Bronwen Maddox, Director at the Institute for Government.

Read the report – How public inquiries can lead to change

Download the infographic –  Public inquiries in numbers, 1990–2017


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