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Government officials and VIPs ‘jump the queue’ for Olympic tickets

The government has spent almost £750,000 on 8,815 London 2012 Olympic tickets, allocated to officials and VIPS according to the Independent.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s 213 tickets for the opening ceremony cost £194,525 while 41 top-priced tickets for the same event cost £2,012.12 each.

According to the Guardian, the government will argue 3,000 of those tickets will go to staff closely involved with the Games, who will be asked to pay for them in stages.

The Daily Mail, which filed the request, reports the tickets will be handed out to VIPs, business leaders and individuals with strong links to the Olympic movement and London 2012.

Mirror quoted Baroness Dee Doocey, who said officials “jumped the queue”. “The Olympics are special. They are about fairness and moral integrity. Politicians and officials watching the Games at taxpayers’ expense will undermine this.”

The Times mentions Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, defended the policy saying the nearly 9,000 tickets represented 0.1 per cent of the 8.8 million available.

Figures show alarming number of complaints in hospitals

The Daily Mail has made FoIA requests to Primary Care Trusts and Health Boards across the UK, which are responsible for more than 500 hospitals. The information released reveals that in 2010, 49 per cent of the complaints were relating to doctors, 29 per cent to nurses, 6 per cent about administration and 2 per cent about midwives. Of all the hospitals examined, Leicester Royal Infirmary was the one with the most complaints, receiving a total of 275.

BBC spends £500k on Apple products

BBC staff might have to face redundancies but its bosses have spent £500,000 this year alone on Apple products. According to the Sun, figures released under the freedom of information show the broadcaster’s chiefs have spent half a million of license-payers’ money in iPhones, iPads and Apple computers.

Police officers receive huge bonuses despite massive budget cuts in the force

A Mirror investigation revealed that despite widespread budget cuts, “top cops” across the UK have received bonuses that amount to £130,000 during the past year. FoIA requests showed the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, Colin Port, received £17,341 on top of his £155,000 salary, and Lincolnshire Deputy Chief Constable Neil Rhodes got £13,271 on top of his £112,000 salary.



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