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The Government will fund legal representation for the bereaved families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster at the fresh inquests into their deaths, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley told MPs today.
The verdict of accidental death for the Hillsborough victims was wiped from the record for good today.
The Lord Chief Justice ruled there must be new inquests for the 96 Liverpool fans who died 23 years ago.
The Home Secretary also announced a new police investigation into the disaster, which could pave the way for criminal prosecutions.
Today, the Home Secretary announced a new police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.
It means the ambulance service, Sheffield City Council, the FA and Sheffield Wednesday could, once again, be put under the microscope.
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.
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.
The High Court quashed the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts of accidental death and Home Secretary Theresa May announced a new police investigation.
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.
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.”
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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The Hillsborough inquest verdicts of accidental death have been quashed by the High Court and a new police investigation has been announced.
Families of the Hillsborough victims are on their way to London for a historic hearing. They hope to hear the inquest verdicts overturned.