Commissioner Welcomes Movement on Victims Payment

The Commissioner for Victims and Survivors has welcomed today’s court decision to instruct the Executive to implement the Victims Payment Scheme.

The Commissioner for Victims and Survivors has welcomed today’s court decision to instruct the Executive to implement the Victims Payment Scheme.

“It is essential that the mechanisms to deliver this payment to those who have suffered the most as a result of the Troubles are put in place immediately,” said Judith Thompson.

“The Commission is currently taking legal advice on the issue of the guidelines advising on conditions for those who can apply, but disquiet about those guidelines should not be a barrier to putting the scheme in place.

“People have died in the time that this delay has occurred, and we cannot afford for that to continue to happen. It is important to realise that this is not a tremendous payday for any seriously injured Victim and Survivor and the bar is high for the level of injury that has to be proven before any payment will be made.

“We have not served Victims and Survivors well as a society and we need to look at this as simply a first step in a number of issues that are imminent in providing support for those who have been waiting for too many years,” she concluded.

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