Last week there were reports that they may take legal action to put pressure on the government to fund a new police investigation into Ben's disappearance. Considering the money government has spent on finding Maddie McCann is that too much to ask?
Monday the Guardian reports "Family of Ben Needham to sue Home Office for funding of police operation".
The reports says "Ian Brownhill, a human rights barrister who is working pro bono for the Needhams, recently wrote to the home secretary seeking a response to the request for funding. He has not received a reply. “What we are preparing to do now is to go to the high court to get a court order compelling the home secretary to respond to the police request” he said.
“It looks like that is going to be the only way things are going to be resolved. People have been identified in Greece and it’s a case of the British police supporting the local Greek officers to pursue these leads.”
South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner has been in contact with the Home Office in an attempt to get a decision from officials.
South Yorkshire police have asked for funding to follow up leads and run a proper investigation but at time of writing the family are still waiting a decision.
Why are the Needham family's pleas always left unheard and unanswered?
Policing Minister Mike Penning said: "In autumn 2012 the Home Office agreed to give South Yorkshire Police a Special Grant to assist their investigation into the disappearance of Ben Needham.” We have been in contact with South Yorkshire Police over recent months regarding a further Special Grant request and this was received last month. It is currently under consideration."
In 2012 the Home Office did back a search of land near the property where Ben disappeared but nothing was found.
But by comparison to the Madeline McCann case official help and support has been lacking.
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