Cladding Grenfell Tower in fire-resistant cladding would have cost RBKC (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) council just £5,000 extra. That sum was not spent – with tragic, needless consequence in lost lives.
This evening at 6.30pm, as a document prepared by Grenfell Tower campaigners and the council’s own documents make clear, RBKC council will meet to review its spending so far of around two point five million pounds on legal costs relating to the fire – and to award itself another three million pounds or so in additional funding.
Euphemistically, council documents say that these huge sums are being spent on external legal services “to support the criminal investigation and the public inquiry“.
RBKC and individuals within it are under police investigation for manslaughter.
The campaigner’s statement – which is available for download at the end of this article along with the council’s paperwork for tonight’s meeting – challenges this plan in the strongest terms:
The document also outlines the spending decisions and cuts to services the council has already made in what campaigners allege amounts to secrecy, before concluding:
Councillors who fear facing criminal charges or legal responsibility for their decisions or actions before Grenfell are desperate to get this all agreed at the 22nd March Leadership Team meeting as they know this is their best chance of avoiding ANY blame or responsibility – and using OUR tax money to do this.
We want EVERYONE, not just RBKC, to be open and honest with ALL investigations into this disaster; not just for our own sakes and our own peace of mind, but also to ensure that no one else has to suffer what we have endured since 14th June 2017 and will affect for the rest of our lives.
They seem to have already forgiven themselves for the Grenfell disaster and want to spend £6 million to ensure they face no punishment.
This is NOT justice and it is NOT want residents want. We need to remind them of their promises to be more open and honest.
THE LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING AT 6:30PM AT THE TOWN HALL ON THURSDAY 22ND MARCH COULD BE OUR LAST CHANCE TO DO THIS – WE MUST ENSURE IT IS NOT WASTED.
The meeting will take place at 6.30pm today at the town hall.
RBKC has been contacted for comment.
The full campaigner document and RBKC paperwork can be downloaded below.
A6 – Legal fees for Public Enquiry and Operation Northleigh Investigation
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