16/05/2016

Alliance Support Claim For Out-Of-Court Compensation Scheme

A new report has called for an out-of-court redress scheme for the victims and survivors of institutional child abuse.

The report – Compensation for Historic Abuses in Residential Institutions – which is due to be released later today at Parliament Buildings, has proposed the compensation scheme as an alternative to civil court proceedings and recommends two categories of compensation for survivors.
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Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle has given his support to the redress scheme: "The report draws on a wide number of interviews with survivors and their views on compensation.

"They are the most important part of this whole process. But the idea of compensation has also been recommended by the Chair of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, showing it should be a priority move by the incoming Executive. 

"The victims and survivors deserve help in gaining such compensation, as well as counselling, accessing family members and a full apology for the sexual, physical and emotional abuse they suffered. 

"By doing so, we can help them get the justice they deserve and which has been missing for so long."

(MH)

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