The first compensation payments to victims of historical institutional abuse are expected to be made this spring, David Sterling the head of Northern Ireland Civil Service has announced today.
The compensation scheme was recommended in the final report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA). This inquiry examination allegations of abuse suffered by children in residential institutions in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995.
At the Executive Office Scrutiny Committee at Stormont on Wednesday, Mr Sterling said;
“The intention is that the application process will be open by the end of March at the latest, and that the first redress panel will be in place in April to begin to consider.”
He confirmed that that the civil servants had been working very hard to put the structures in place for the redress scheme to be administered as quickly as possible. It was also confirmed that it was his intention to put in place a Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Child Abuse.
Mr Sterling also stated that:
“global communications campaign will be developed to ensure anyone affected will know about the redress scheme. I have said that we need to do this at the fastest pace possible that avoids any risk of things not being done properly and I think that is where we are at the moment.”
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