1 million need food handouts
Almost a million people took food from food banks in the past year—up 163 percent on the year before. Food bank provider the Trussell Trust says rising living costs, low pay and benefit issues are pushing people to “breaking point”.
Arms dealers sponsor games
A new addition to the 2014 Commonwealth Games’ “sponsor family” is defence firm Selex. It will provide surveillance, security and communications services. Its parent company Finmeccanica sells arms to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. They also supply radar for Israeli drones.
Blair holds up Iraq report
The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war will now not report until next year at the earliest, apparently thanks to delays caused by Tony Blair. The inquiry was first ordered six years ago.
Charges for death cops
Two cops could face charges over evidence given at the 2012 inquest into the death of Sean Rigg. Sean died in police custody in Brixton in 2008. CCTV footage at the inquest called cops’ evidence into question. A sergeant and a constable were arrested last year on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice.