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Prince Charles uses Human Rights Act to guard Duchy’s tax secrets even though HMRC said disclosure would be in public interest

Prince Charles uses Human Rights Act to guard Duchy’s tax secrets even though HMRC said disclosure would be in public interest

Prince Charles has used the Human Rights Act and the Official Secrets Act to block revelations about his tax affairs – even though Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has said the disclosure would be in the public interest.

The move follows a bid to uncover the secret arrangements which allow the Prince of Wales to avoid paying tax on the Duchy of Cornwall, his vast estates which generated £18 million profit last year.

John Kirkhope, an expert on trusts law from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, is trying to use the Freedom of Information Act to uncover how HMRC came to grant the Duchy a tax exemption which is estimated to have been worth millions of pounds over the past century. Read more.

Robert Verkaik | The Daily Mail | 27th January 2013

Soaring number of career women ‘killed by alcohol’ and figure is rising faster than men

The number of alcohol-related deaths among career women has soared over the past decade and is now rising faster than among men, figures reveal.

For women in high-flying roles such as chief executives, doctors and lawyers, the number of deaths caused by drinking has risen by 23 per cent.

In ‘intermediate occupations’, such as secretarial or other skilled office work, it rose from 142 to 209 – 47 per cent – according to data for England and Wales from a Freedom of Information request to the Office for National Statistics. Read more.

Tamara Cohen | The Daily Mail | 25 January 2013



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