Matters of life and death
Lord Lucan is now officially presumed dead. How do you have someone declared dead? In England and Wales, under the Presumption of Death Act 2013…
— Anyone can apply to have anyone else declared dead, but if the applicant is not a spouse, civil partner, parent, child or sibling of the presumed deceased they must show they have a significant interest.
— The person should have been missing for at least seven years, but it is possible to have someone declared dead earlier if the court is convinced they have died.
— It costs £480.
— An order can be revoked if the person later turns up alive, but that will not reinstate a marriage or civil partnership.
— The act cannot be used in the instance of a missing monarch.
The Conservatives were accused of breaking the Electoral Commission’s spending limit in three by-elections. How is money spent on electioneering?
|Spending by parties in 2015 general election|
|Unsolicited mail to electors||£15m|
|Rallies and events||£2.4m|
Source: Electoral Commission
Chorus singers at the English National Opera threatened to strike over proposed salary cuts due to a lower Arts Council grant. How is arts funding distributed?
|Yorkshire and Humberside||£34m|
Source: GPS Culture, figures for England 2015/6
A seventh celebrity was injured during filming of a Channel 4 show, The Jump. Snow sports injuries per 100 per professional contestants over two years:
Source: Oslo Sports Trauma Research