A former civil servant has insisted the Home Office did give grants to a paedophile group - and the payments were sanctioned by the police.
Tim Hulbert, who worked in the department’s Voluntary Services Unit which was responsible for distributing cash awards to community groups, said the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) did receive taxpayers’ money from the Home Office.
He added that the grants to PIE were made on the orders of the Special Branch.
Mr Hulbert’s account raises the prospect of the grants being in some way related to police infiltration of PIE, which was affiliated to Liberty, the civil rights group, and ultimately disbanded in 1984.
It also contradicts an official Home Office report, published earlier this week, which said the department had not “directly or indirectly” funded PIE, even though more than £470,000 was given to groups linked to it between 1974 and 1984.