Firefighters continue to try and bring the blaze under control at 27-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, London 14 June 2017. FILE PHOTO. See National News story NNTOWER: Specialists working at Grenfell Tower have made 87 'recoveries' of human remains in the tower - but warn that could mean more than 87 separate people. More than 250 investigators are still working at the scene, and will have to comb through over 300 tonnes of debris in the burnt-out shell of the tower to find what is left of the victims. Police say 21 people have been formally identified, but it could take until the end of the year to have an accurate number of victims. Last night, families of those who died or are missing and presumed dead met with key members of the Metropolitan Police and the Senior Coroner, Dr Fiona Wilcox.

Grenfell Tower fire inquiry hires KPMG despite the consultancy earning millions in contracts with firms linked to the blaze

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower Fire has hired multinational consultancy KPMG despite the firm having millions of pounds of contracts with three of the main bodied potentially being investigated by the inquiry.

KPMG has lucrative contracts with Rydon – the main contractor in charge of the refurbishment which installed the cladding blamed by many residents for the rapid spread of the blaze; with Celotex – which make the insulation which police said failed safety tests, as well as the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – whose response to the tragedy is the subject of many complaints from locals.

There is no official finding yet that the installation of the cladding played a role in the blaze, yet KPMG who now have a role in the inquiry earned £3.5m for services from Rydon according to the London Evening Standard newspaper.

And the auditing firm has had £1 million contracts with both Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK which owns Celotex, as well as the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The Government nevertheless hired the firm to provide “planning and programme management support”, a spokesperson for the inquiry told The Independent newspaper today.

A KPMG spokesperson said it had “no role advising on the substance of the inquiry” and it “has policies and procedures in place to identify and manage any potential conflicts of interest.”

KPMG were awarded the £200,000 contract by the inquiry into the blaze that claimed 71 lives with no other bidders considered.

A spokesman for the inquiry said that this was to save time in getting the inquiry up and running.


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