Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith, deputy leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: “Fraud is an issue the council takes very seriously, not just because taxpayers money is being used to support people, but because genuine survivors and bereaved families have raised concerns with us, and we share those concerns.

“Our absolute priority has always been to assist and help first – it is only right that we do so when families are faced with such extreme trauma and tragedy. Where officers had doubts, they reported it, and then investigations would take place. Investigating and proving any type of fraud always takes time, and we work closely with the police.”

“It is hugely important to me that the public perception of survivors and bereaved is not tarnished by the acts of what is a small minority.”