Fans inquest costs to be paid

The Government has said it will pay for the legal representation for the bereaved families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster at the fresh inquests into their deaths. Yesterday the High Court has quashed the verdicts of accidental death.

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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.

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 Mayor: Inquest result a 'watershed moment'

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has described today's Hillsborough inquest decision as a "watershed moment on the road to justice for the families of the 96".

He added: "I share their overwhelming relief that, after 23 very painful years, the inquest verdicts have been quashed."

Trevor Hicks (front) waves as he comes out of the High Court in London today, with other family members and supporters.
Trevor Hicks (front) waves as he comes out of the High Court in London today, with other family members and supporters. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"It is the only right and proper decision that the High Court could make in the wake of the overwhelming and compelling evidence uncovered by the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

"We must all keep up the pressure that has driven the momentum over the last few months to make sure that the families get the justice they deserve.

"I also welcome the new police investigation, which we all hope will result in those that played a role in causing the disaster and the monumental cover-up are brought to account."

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Miliband says government should waive Hillsborough song VAT

Labour leader Ed Miliband has called on the Government to refrain from adding VAT to The Justice Collective Hillsborough Christmas single.

Proceeds from the Justice for the 96 song go towards supporting Hillsborough families' legal costs.

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Labour MP hails 'historical' Hillsborough moment

Maria Eagle, Labour MP for Liverpool Garston & Halewood, described the High Court decision to quash the verdicts of accidental death for the 96 Liverpool football fans who died at Hillsborough as an "historical" moment.

This is why I came into politics.

I was active in this before I became an MP, when I became an MP and all the time in between.

This is historical, it is history.

At every other stage the legal process has failed the families.

So to have the highest judge in the land say what he said, to completely vindicate what the families have been through, it recognises the fact the judicial system now wants to put right what it's done so wrong over the years and we wait to see that because there is more to do.

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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
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