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On 29 July, Leaseholder Disability Action Group (CLADDAG) lodged a High Court challenge against the government for failure to implement urgent Grenfell Inquiry recommendations on personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) for disabled people.

The challenge aims to place a legal requirement on owners and managers of high-rise residential buildings to prepare PEEPs for all residents whose ability to self-evacuate in an emergency may be compromised, and to keep relevant and up-to-date information about such residents and their PEEPs in a premises information box.

The government’s decision followed the outcome of a consultation which sought views on four proposals requiring the preparation of PEEPs for disabled residents in high-rise residential buildings, which saw “overwhelming support” in the responses. Despite this, the government has decided against implementing the measures on grounds of asserted concerns over safety, proportionality, and practicality.

CLADDAG argue that the outcome of the PEEPs consultation is unlawful, for reasons including; the failure to implement PEEPs constitutes a breach of disabled residents’ right to life and to freedom from discrimination; a breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty; the Home Office holding private meetings following the consultation to which CLADDAG and others had no opportunity to respond; and that the government has failed to understand the rationale behind the PEEPs recommendations, backed by evidence heard by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

They expect to hear in September 2022 whether permission has been granted to proceed.