Steve McCabe urges Government to side with victims and reconsider changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

Steve is supporting a motion put down by the Labour Party asking the Government to reconsider the changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme which will see thousands of blameless victims lose out.

The current guidance to the 2008 scheme stresses that the scheme is designed to compensate ‘blameless victims’ of violent crime. Injuries are graded into 25 tariff bands for the payments for pain and suffering, according to their seriousness. On average the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme helps between 30,000 and 40,000 victims a year, and the scheme only makes awards to those who cannot receive compensation from any other source. 

Changes to the scheme mean victims applying for compensation in bands 1-5 will no longer be eligible for any compensation whatsoever, this accounts for 48% of all awards. Injuries affected include, permanent speech impairment, broken ribs, post traumatic epileptic fits and burns and scarring causing minor facial disfigurement. Victims of dog attacks are also excluded completely.

Victims applying for compensation in bands 6-12 will see the level of compensation reduced, this accounts for 35% of all awards.

Steve said:

“Following the changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme almost 90 per cent of all innocent victims of crime will no longer be entitled to compensation as a result of their injuries. That means cutting compensation to over 30,000 people who through no fault of their own have suffered injuries.

“Only 9 per cent of the victims of the 7/7 bomb attacks in London would see their compensation unchanged, 60 per cent of the victims of the attack who received compensation would be subject to reductions. This is shocking; the nasty party is showing how nasty it really can be by picking on victims.”

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