Government Sets Out Plans To Support Bereaved Families

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the subsequent criticism of how bereaved families were treated, the government has sought to ensure more is done to support those who find themselves in harrowing circumstances.

The government proposes to establish an Independent Public Advocate who will act for bereaved families after a public disaster and support them at inquests and inquiries.

As a first step they have began a consultation which seeks a wide range of views as to when the support of an Independent Public Advocate should be made available, what investigations the role should cover and who will be eligible for support.

The initiative would see victims of major disasters such as Grenfell and Hillsborough receive extra support, with the government saying that families must not be left 'struggling against the very system that was supposed to provide answers'.

Commenting on the proposal, Stephen Green, Partner and Head of Fosters Personal Injury Department said "I am pleased to see that at long last the government has recognised there is a need for the bereaved to have their voices heard. We cannot have another situation where devastated families are left feeling let down by the system at such an emotional and stressful time".

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