Hillsborough Police Inquiry

The Home Secretary has announced a new police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster. The Attorney General is ask the High Court this morning to quash verdicts of accidental death for the 96 victims.

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VAT receipt refund for Hillsborough song

A sum equivalent to the VAT receipts collected by the Exchequer on sales of the 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' Hillsborough song by The Justice Collective up to the end of March will be refunded in the form of charitable donations.

The Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and Department for Culture, Media and Sport will make donations, the Treasury said.

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Osborne confirms tax break for charity Hillsborough song

Families of Hillsborough victims will get extra money from sales of a charity single after Chancellor George Osborne confirmed he would effectively waive VAT on it.

The version of the Hollies' hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Justice Collective is being sold to help cover their legal costs.

An official announcement came after a High Court ruling which quashed the original accidental death verdicts returned on the 96 who died and ordered a fresh inquest.

The song features artists like Paul Heaton, Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson and Spice Girl Mel C.

Bookies make it the odds-on favourite to take the coveted Christmas number one chart spot.

These families have been campaigning for justice for almost 24 years.

It's been a long journey so I'm pleased to be able to say the Government will effectively waive the VAT on sales of the Hillsborough single, ensuring that as much money as possible goes towards helping these families.

– Chancellor George Osborne


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Liverpool MP: 'Verdict marks the beginning of the end'

This verdict marks the beginning of the end of the Hillsborough disaster. At long last, the families have achieved their ultimate goal, which is to change the verdict on the death certificates.

The families have been an inspiration to Britain as they have fought their 23-year dignified campaign.

Now that the fresh inquests have been ordered, it would be wrong for the families to have to pay for a second inquest. They should not have to bear the financial penalty of the Establishment's mistakes in 1989.

The Chancellor should also take this opportunity to waive the VAT on the Justice Collective Hillsborough tribute single so that every single penny raised can support the families in the legal costs in the fight for justice.

– Hillsborough campaigner and Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram

Police watchdog welcomes new Hillsborough inquest

The IPCC has welcomed the news that new inquests will be held into the deaths of 96 people at Hillsborough and that former Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Jon Stoddart has been appointed to lead the investigation into those deaths.

"Today's announcements are welcome news. The complex and multi-faceted investigations into the Hillsborough disaster are taking shape.

The IPCC has been making progress in laying the foundations for our independent investigation into the aftermath and the future investigation into the tragic deaths of 96 people.

The appointment of Mr Stoddart to lead the investigation into the deaths is a crucial step."

"His investigation will be into a wide range of agencies outside of the IPCC's remit, but, in order to ensure independence from the police service, we will be managing the element which will look at the actions of police officers in relation to the deaths of the 96 men, women and children.

This means that the IPCC will have direction and control of this part of the investigation."

– IPCC Deputy Chair Deborah Glass

She added: "The two investigations will be closely integrated and will be based in the new offices the IPCC has secured in Warrington. They will share a major incident room with full access to the underlying documentation, and will offer a single point of contact for liaison with the families."

"We now have a clear path ahead with all the investigative and prosecutorial bodies working in a coordinated way to complete the full picture for the families of those who died, those who were injured and those who were traumatised by the terrible events at Hillsborough.”

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Burnham: 'Unbelievable what the families have been through'

Andy Burnham arrives at the High Court in London. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Hillsborough campaigner and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: "Starting this process off three years ago, we couldn't have hoped then that it would come to this.

"It is unbelievable what the families have been through. For them to get on a coach in Liverpool at 5am and come down to London and be told what they should have been told 23 years ago says so much about their determination."

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