Date Set To Open Troubles Pension Scheme

The Troubles pension scheme is to open for applications from 30 June.

Mr Justice McAlinden confirmed his intention to open the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme for application.
News Image
Justice Minister Naomi Long said: "I have said from the outset, when I agreed that my department could be designated to administer the scheme, that I shared the frustration of those who have been waiting for delivery of this important scheme and that we would do everything in our power to move things forward.

"Much progress has been made since then and I am grateful to the President and members of the Victims’ Payments Board for their commitment to make the scheme operational.

"Victims and survivors of the Troubles have waited a long time for this scheme and today's announcement is an important milestone on what has been a long and painful journey for many."

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

27 May 2021
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Opens For All Adults Aged Over 18
Adults aged 18 and over can now receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Bookings opened from 8am today, 27 May. Vaccine supplies remain limited and as a result there will be approximately 20,000 slots available for booking on Thursday morning.
24 June 2003
NI people mentally 'affected by 'Troubles'
A new survey has found that the mental health of people across Northern Ireland has been significantly affected by the 'Troubles' over the past 30 years. The survey, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health on Tuesday, questioned nearly 1,700 people aged between 16 and 64.
11 April 2006
Government announce 'flexible' police pension scheme
A modernised police pension scheme has been announced that is designed to be more flexible and which will fit around modern lifestyles and working patterns of police officers. The new Scheme follows a period of consultation and development by the Home Office, the Scottish Executive and the Northern Ireland Office.
06 August 2002
MSF accuse Shorts' owners of underfunding pensions
UPDATE: Former union officials have launched a scathing attack on Shorts' parent company Bombardier, accusing them of "failing to honour commitments" and underfunding workers pension provision to the tune of £160 million.
28 January 2015
Mums-To-Be Urged To Quit Smoking
Pregnant smokers in Northern Ireland could be offered shopping vouchers as an incentive to quit. The vouchers are part of a research scheme undertaken in Glasgow, which found out that women given up to £400 where more likely to stop smoking.