Insurance companies ‘suppressed facts’ about child sex abuse


Insurance companies tried to “suppress” information about child sex abuse in council care homes, a whistleblower has claimed.

Tim Hulbert, a retired civil servant and local authority chief, said he was “instructed” by a county council’s insurers not to admit liability or apologise to victims involved in a sex abuse investigation.

Mr Hulbert said he believed his experience – when he headed social services in Bedfordshire – had not been an isolated incident, and accused insurers of “immoral and obscene” behaviour which had allowed the full extent of abuse to remain hidden.

It came as Theresa May, the Home Secretary, came under renewed pressure to start the national child sex abuse inquiry as more than 300 abuse victims, whistleblowers, MPs and campaigners met at the Houses of Parliament.

Phil Frampton, a campaigner and survivor of abuse who chaired the meeting, said: “In our view the inquiry remains a mess.

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