Child sex abuse allegations against politicians, living and dead, and within the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches and members of the security services are to be at the centre of the £17.9 million sexual abuse investigation.
Councils in Lambeth, Nottinghamshire and Rochdale will also be investigated as part of a five-year inquiry, Justice Lowell Goddard, the chairman, announced yesterday.
Twelve areas will be examined in the first stage of an inquiry set up to look into alleged abuse, cover-ups and the failure of institutions to act to protect children.
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