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Police request £38 million towards the Grenfell Tower investigation

Scotland Yard has asked the Government for £38 million towards the Grenfell Tower investigation, saying the demands on police time could leave them facing unreasonable costs.

Around 200 Met Police officers are continuing work on the criminal probe into the fire, which killed 71 last June.

The force has made a request to the Home Office to fully fund the £27 million cost of the inquiry in the coming financial year.

A further £11.1 million is also being sought to cover extra hours put in by investigators so far.

The impact of Grenfell, that has had a very significant impact and we've put in a special grant claim for the current year for #11.1 million, in terms of the additionality of cost to do with the incident for the current financial year.

We have also indicated that we would like - we estimate that we will be spending - close to £27 million on that particular investigation.

We are asking whether or not we can have dispensation, not just simply the 1% referenced, but we also want to claim the full cost of our officer time for that investigation, not just the additionality, the overtime, in effect. We don't think it would be reasonable for us to pick up the full costs, as we know that investigation will go on for some time.

– Lynda McMullan, the Met Police's director of finance

Given the unique and tragic circumstances of this event, we will consider any application we receive for funding from the Metropolitan Police as a matter of priority.

– Home Office