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£650,000 COST OF REHOUSING INFORMERS IN LAWRENCE CASE

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At least£650,000 is being paid out by the home office to rehouse police informants after officials blundered by re...
At least£650,000 is being paid out by the home office to rehouse police informants after officials blundered by revealing their identities in the Stephen Lawrence inquiry report, reported the Daily

Mail (24 July, p35).

A total of 18 families and individuals who gave vital evidence to the police were forced to sell their homes and move after their names and addresses were inadvertently included in an appendix to the report, published in February. The£650,000 figure covers only the cost of relocating them. It does include the unspecified cost of police protection for the informants.

Conservatives again attacked home secretary Jack Straw as his department disclosed the final cost of reimbursing Greenwich LBC for rehousing the people involved. Tory home affairs spokesman David Lidington said: 'This is a public scandal'.

Mr Straw also revealed the total cost of William Macpherson's 19-month inquiry was£4.19m - substantially more than the estimate of more than£3m which appeared in the report.
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