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What does it take to have someone declared dead? £480, for a start

Also in our Barometer column: where election spending goes; the distribution of arts subsidy; the riskiest snow sports

13 February 2016

9:00 AM

13 February 2016

9:00 AM

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.

Electoral returns

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
Market research/canvassing £7.6m
Advertising £6.8m
Rallies and events £2.4m
General administration £2m
Transport £1.6m
Broadcasts £866,000
Media £329,000
Manifestos £318,000

Source: Electoral Commission

Cultural capital

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?

London £556m
West Midlands £49m
North West £47m
Yorkshire and Humberside £34m
South West £23m
South East £19m
North East £18m
East £15m

Source: GPS Culture, figures for England 2015/6

Dangerous games

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:

Snowboarding 56.3
Freestyle 38.4
Alpine 36.7
Ski-jumping 21.1
Nordic combined 19.2

Source: Oslo Sports Trauma Research

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