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Issue No. 2446

Benefit cuts kill, warn MPs

MPs have called for an independent review into benefit sanctions, which they say are “causing severe financial hardship”. The cross-party select committee noted that the government has had to investigate 40 people who took their own lives after having their benefits cut off or changed.

First seals new Tory rail deal

The Tories extended the Great Western rail franchise to FirstGroup to April 2016. The firm is to pay £68 million to the government. But this doesn’t make up for the £826.6 million FirstGroup withheld when the government was refusing to extend its franchise.

Tainted blood inquiry reports

A Scottish public inquiry into people infected with deadly HIV or Hepatitis C from NHS blood treatments was set to publish its final report on Wednesday of this week. The Penrose inquiry began in 2008.

IPCC reports on Mark Duggan

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was set to publish its report into the shooting of Mark Duggan this week. It has already upheld the Duggan family’s complaint that cops failed to inform them of his death in 2011.

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