Terror Attacks Spark review of Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

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A Review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme payouts is to be made as a result of the London terror attacks.

Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke stated that changes to the Government's scheme compensating victims of crime will be put in place as a result of the 7 July London bomb attacks.

Currently you can pursue claims for serious injuries resulting from violent crimes through the Government funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. However this scheme is currently facing "huge delays" due to not receiving enough funding to keep up with the level of claims made.

Criminal Injury compensation

Sadly many will remember that on 7 July 2005, 4 suicide bombers set out to kill and injure many people when they bombed 3 Tube trains and a bus in London. So far the victims of this terror attack have received £11m in compensation.

During this attack 52 people died and many were seriously injured. Labour's David Winnick MP had sparked Mr Clarke's comments after asking how many victims of the London bombs awaited compensation and who held responsibility.

Mr Winnick added: "As regards the claims which have been finalised, are you aware there's a good deal of dissatisfaction, by those who received them, that the sums are really inadequate bearing in mind the serious injuries inflicted by the mass murderers?"

Mr Clarke responding saying that the new coalition government had inherited a compensation system that "simply has not received adequate funding in each year's budget to keep up with the level of claims".

He said: "We are going to have to look again to see how we can produce a system that works more efficiently, is actually affordable and doesn't just depend on huge delays before anything is paid because nobody has allocated any money to settle all the claims outstanding."

He added: "Everything possible is done to give the compensation that's due to people as quickly as possible."

"I note your remarks about the disappointment that some have felt."

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