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Complainant Name:
Mr J A Nickolls

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

Mr J A Nickolls of Oldham complained that an article had inaccurately stated that Neil Martin was the first person to sue the Inland Revenue for alleged negligence or administration incompetence. The complainant explained that he had bought a house in 1992 using a Transfer of Equity mortgage, and that – as a result of the building society’s failure to apply the correct tax allowance (MIRAS) – his house was repossessed. Six years later in 1998, after the complainant had appealed against the Inland Revenue’s Formal Notice of Decision on a Claim, he was offered a sum of £150 compensation. The complainant explained that he wanted the facts of his case publicised.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved on the basis of the newspaper’s annotation of its electronic library with the points of the complaint, and the statement on the Press Complaints Commission’s website.

Report: 75



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