own hall bosses throughout Greater Manchester are facing a ‘ticking timebomb’ of mounting claims from people struck down with conditions linked to deadly asbestos.
Manchester council paid out almost £600,000 in damages to victims in the last year alone, an M.E.N. investigation has found.
The 2013/14 claims had to be settled using taxpayers’ money, rather than through insurance as the cases predated the 1980s when the council did not have asbestos cover.
Figures obtained under Freedom of Information requests reveal victims of asbestos-related diseases have won a total of £1.8m in damages from councils in Greater Manchester in recent years.
MILLIONS of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being stored in investments and bank accounts by councils across Cumbria.
Cumbria County Council has a portfolio of £177.7m in a range of banks, despite making sweeping cuts to front line services.
Copeland District Council holds £55.5m, Barrow Borough Council has £16m in accounts while South Lakeland District Council has £17.3m.
The figures have been revealed thanks to a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Evening Mail.
Alleged rape victims in Wales are among the least likely to see their cases end in a conviction.
Figures released under a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Justice show defendants are more likely to plead not guilty and walk free in Wales.
Barely a fifth of rape cases (22.8%) in magistrates courts in South Wales led to a conviction in 2013, one of the lowest conviction rates in England and Wales.