31/05/2012

Other UK News In Brief

Fiennes Documentary Faked Footage

An explorer pretended to fall down a glacial crevasse to get exciting footage for a television documentary, the Appeal Court has heard.

Natalie Harrison also pretended to fall during a climb, both times on the suggestion of leading explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Sir Fiennes is not a defendant.

Miss Harrison is suing Jagged Globe, the travel company involved, as she suffered soft tissue neck injury and long term headaches.

U-Turn Over Charity Tax

The government has climbed down from proposals to remove tax breaks from wealthy charity donors.

The treasury said the proposed £50,000 cap on tax relief would go ahead but would not include donations to charity.

Officials said the decision was the conclusion of a consultation.

Blind Man Loses Care Cost Appeal

A man who was born without eyes has lost his appeal against the level of funding Cambridgeshire County Council decided he should get for care.

Lawyers for the anonymous man said the £85,000 sum proposed fell well short of the £157,000 needed for their client's complex mental and physical needs.

But the Supreme Court dismissed the suggestion that the decision was unlawful.

(NE)

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