At least one of the former residents of Grenfell Tower is still being charged rent, despite their flat being destroyed in the blaze that killed at least 80 people in June.
The Telegraph cited Yvette Williams, coordinator of Justice4Grenfell, who said the resident checked their bank account earlier this week to find their rent had been taken even though they had been forced to flee the flat as it was engulfed by a huge fire.
Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Williams explained: “I had someone come to me yesterday saying they’d just got their bank card and things back, and seen that their rent has been deducted.”
It’s currently unclear how many residents have faced the same problem.
Tory MP Catherine Faulks also appeared on the show minutes later and called the error a “tiny thing” when asked why the council had allowed it to happen.
She then quickly defended herself, saying: “I’m not saying it’s a tiny thing for them, it’s a huge thing and it’s very upsetting, but the council have had to house 400 people. I’m very sorry to hear that that happened, but that person will have a one person connection that will help them sort it out.”
She also said negative press coverage had caused the public to question the council’s response to the tragedy.
“Of course we weren’t immediately quick off the ground, it was an enormous tragedy. I challenge any borough in the whole country to immediately have had an action plan that they could put into place.”
Her comments follow the resignation of council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown and deputy leader Rock Feilding Mellen.
Following their resignation, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on Theresa May to allow commissioners to take charge of Kensington Council, calling it “not fit for purpose.”
Police have also said that the final death toll of the disaster will not be known until next year as police continue their painstaking investigation.