A Kensington and Chelsea Council spokesperson said:

“The reality is that we have to have representatives at the Public Inquiry in order for it to function and find the truth. This takes time, it takes resources and it costs money.

“We are providing nearly 14 million individual documents for the Inquiry and the police investigation, to support them in establishing the truth. RBKC’s legal services are working with external legal solicitors and barristers on this, which is the same as other core participants and standard practice in an inquiry.

“This is one of the most in-depth Inquiries and investigations in recent times. Our costs cover specialist IT software for capturing and providing the documents to the Inquiry as well as the seperate and ongoing Police Investigation.

“We are committed to being as transparent and helpful to the Inquiry as we possibly can be.

“We have no interest in defending anything at the Inquiry, we are a public authority, and we want the truth. Not only for the victims and the bereaved, but for the whole UK as we all face up to issues of fire safety and safe housing.”

Background information

Kensington and Chelsea Council’s legal and IT costs associated with the Inquiry , as of the 8th June are approx.  £3.2m.