The Evening Standard reported that a woman who “falsely claimed her husband had died in the Grenfell Tower disaster so she could receive handouts and a free stay at the Hilton is facing years behind bars." The piece stated that prosecutor David Jeremy QC told Southwark crown court that Msokeri, driven by “greed”, was a skilled manipulator of charity workers who could not believe anyone would lie about being a Grenfell survivor. A jury found Msokeri guilty this afternoon of three charges of fraud and one count of possessing a false driving licence. The Guardian and the Daily Mail carry similar pieces.
- The, Sunday Times splashed on news that fraud investigators have been called in after 15 members of the same family received public aid worth up to £1m and at least three new homes by claiming they lived in a single flat destroyed by the Grenfell Tower fire. One of Britain’s most notorious “crash-for-cash” fraudsters, Masi Naqshbandi, is among the relatives rehoused in new properties, including flats in a “luxury development” at Kensington Row. Press Office’s statement was carried, stating “we have a number of fraud investigations under way and we have handed a number of cases to the police. We do not discuss case specifics or individual details as it may impact investigations or any subsequent prosecutions. We have clear policies in place for officers to follow when they think fraud has taken place and we will take action — including evictions — where necessary.”
- Get West London reported Extra support will be available for young people coming to terms with their sexuality in a new scheme being piloted by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. They will be able to make use of digital mentoring thanks to a new scheme by the royal borough, which is teaming up with the youth homelessness charity Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT). This was a proactive piece by the council.
MEETINGS & DECISIONS
The final Leadership Meeting before the Local Elections to be held on May3rd 2018 took place on Thursday 22 March at 18:30. Items included;
- The Local Discretionary Business Relief Scheme 2018-19
- Legal Fees for the Public Enquiry and Operation Northleigh Investigation
- Funding for Carnival Village Trust at the Tabernacle
Licensing & Planning Hearings continue as normal.