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Army of snitches: HMRC hands out more than £1m to Britons who shopped tax dodgers during financial crisis

Army of snitches: HMRC hands out more than £1m to Britons who shopped tax dodgers during financial crisis

Super-snitches have pocketed more than £1 million for helping catch tax-dodgers since the banking crisis began in 2008, it was revealed today.  Huge taxpayer-funded ‘bounty payments’ of up to £100,000 have been handed out by HM Revenue & Customs to try to clamp down on evasion.

Cash rewards given to members of the public rose by more than a fifth in the last year, probably because more people were trying to avoid the 50p rate of income tax, experts say.

And the Government says that disgruntled spouses, family members, neighbours or colleagues are among the people who successfully snitched.

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Martin Robinson | Daily Mail | 31st of July

Exclusive Report: Shocking statistics of crime among the under 12s

ITV Westcountry News can reveal the number of very young people in our region becoming involved in crime. Using the Freedom of Information Act we’ve collated figures from police forces across the South West that show how many children aged 12 or under have been arrested and later charged with commiting an offence over the past two years.

Since 2010 746 children in the region aged 12 or under have been arrested and 156 of them were later charged. Some of the crimes were serious, ranging from rape, GBH, indecent assault, arson and possession of a firearm.

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Claire Manning | ITV news | 31st of July

Ministers veto Iraq minutes release

The government has used a ministerial veto to prevent the publication of the minutes from Cabinet meetings held just before the war in Iraq.

Information commissioner Christopher Graham released a decision notice asking the government to publish the minutes due to the “significant public interest” involved. He has said he is “disappointed” the government has chosen to continue Labour’s secrecy over the lead up to the military action in 2003.

“His view is that the significant public interest in this matter justified an exception to the general rule that such information should not be disclosed before the usual due date for the release of Cabinet material,” an ICO spokesperson said.

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Georgie Keat | politics.co.uk | 31st of July

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