MP’s have passed legislation, which has been long awaited, and will “provide compensation to victims of historical institutional abuse.”

There have been calls for legislation since the Historical Abuse Inquiry ended in 2017. The legislation was passed in the House of Commons in just over an hour and has now received Royal Assent to become law.

On Monday it was ruled that Stormont’s Executive Office had the power to compensate institutional abuse victims in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Secretary, Julian Smith said, “the bill was the first of its kind in the UK, in terms of how the abuse survivors should receive redress and that, “civil servants are working with the Northern Ireland Office to progress the scheme as quickly as possible.”

As part of the HIA Inquiry, 22 residential institutions run by religious charitable and state organisation were investigated covering a 73 year period from the foundation of Northern Ireland to 1995.

Sir Anthony Hart, the Chair of the Inquiry recommended that all victims of abuse should receive a tax free lump sum, with payments ranging from £7500.00 to £100,000.00 from a Government Funded Redress Scheme.

Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International said;

“It was an historic day in the long campaign for justice for the many victims of abuse in Northern Ireland.

We salute the victims and survivors who have courageously led this campaign, who have told their stories and brought their calls for justice to the heart of government,”

If you have been a victim of child abuse and would like to speak to one of our specialist abuse lawyers in confidence, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can advise you on the available options for pursuing a civil damages claim. Jordans successfully represent and secure compensation for numerous victims of abuse and are experts in overcoming the particular challenges that arise in these sensitive cases. Our abuse team can be contacted on 0800 9555 094 or 0330 300 1103.

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