Oct 19 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
Judges to deliver damages decision
APPEAL judges will today announce a decision on whether relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq can pursue damages claims against the Government.
The Court of Appeal announcement follows a ruling in June 2011 by a High Court judge, who said relatives could pursue claims on negligence grounds – but not under human rights legislation.
Three appeal judges in London will give their decision on a challenge by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) against Mr Justice Owen’s ruling on negligence claims – and on a challenge by relatives against his findings on the human rights issue.
Borrowing ‘problem’ for Osborne
THE underlying health of the public finances will remain problematic for the Chancellor despite an expected improvement in Government borrowing, experts have warned.
Public sector net borrowing, excluding financial interventions such as bank bailouts, is expected to drop today to £13.9 billion for September, compared to £14.4 billion in the same month last year.
A slight improvement in overall economic activity in September will have helped tax receipts despite mounting pressure on the public purse as Government spending, driven up by higher benefits, still outweighs tax receipts.
FSA ‘seriously misjudged’ takeover
THE City watchdog has been accused of “serious misjudgment” in its failure to step in and block Royal Bank of Scotland’s disastrous takeover of Dutch rival ABM Amro.
A report by MPs on the Treasury Select Committee slammed the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for the part it played in the failure of RBS, which saw the taxpayer stump up £45.5 billion to prevent it from collapse.
The committee said the FSA’s biggest fault was not intervening to stop the “calamitous” near-£50 billion ABN takeover and is urging the Government to legislate to ensure the regulator is explicitly required to approve major bank acquisitions to prevent a repeat of the fateful deal.
House blaze doctor loses last child
A DOCTOR was facing life without his wife and all five of his children today after his three-year-old daughter lost her fight for life following a devastating house fire.
Maheen Shakoor had been in a critical condition in the burns units at the Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford since being transferred there after the blaze in Harlow, Essex.
Her mother, Dr Sabah Usmani, brothers Sohaib, 11, Muneeb, 9, and Rayyan, six, and 12-year-old sister Hira died in their end-of-terrace house in Barn Mead in the early hours of Monday.
Dozens of MPs letting out property
A TOTAL of 27 MPs are letting out property they have in London while claiming Commons expenses to rent homes, it has emerged.
An investigation by the Daily Telegraph using parliamentary records found former ministers were among the group that received taxpayer funding to live in the capital.
The move does not break any parliamentary rules but is likely to fuel calls for expenses rules to be toughened up.