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Mis-sold pension payouts rising

LARGE FINANCE firms slow to compensate victims of pensions mis-selling have now resolved 94 per cent of priority cases, the Treasury Economic Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, announced.

pounds 1bn in public money saved

ABOUT pounds 1BN of public money has been saved over the past three years by the public finances watchdog, the National Audit Office, MPs were told.

Asylum-seekers' bill increases

ASYLUM-SEEKERS claimed pounds 325m in benefit payments in the last financial year. The benefit bill for asylum seekers has risen by pounds 25 million compared with 1995.

Charges on BSE controls

THE GOVERNMENT is to start charging for enforcing anti-BSE controls on slaughterhouses, the Agriculture Minister, Nick Brown, announced.