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Decision on claims from terminally ill residents
HS2 Ltd has come under fire for not fast tracking compensation claims for terminally ill people.
The group this week published its response to the interim report of the Parliamentary Hybrid Bill Committee, which made a total of 116 recommendations to mitigate the various impacts of the line.
In its response, HS2 Ltd addressed 52 of these, and announced that it would not be fast tracking compensation claims from terminally ill people so that it could ensure that the decisions in such cases are not rushed.
It also said that it would not be pre-qualifying blighted communities for compensation because of the difficulties in defining what constitutes neighbouring properties to the site.
Campaigners have slammed HS2 Ltd for its decision, saying that it shows the organisation to be uncaring.
Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin said: “Yet again, HS2 Ltd have proven that they do not care about the stress and heartache that they cause to real people with real lives, and have come up with the most pathetic excuses possible.
“The committee of MPs scrutinising HS2 have asked them to be humane, and do the right thing in fast-tracking compensation claims for those who are terminally ill, but this organisation is more concerned with the ‘quality’ of compensation decisions, despite the fact these claims should clearly be put through.”
However HS2 said that it believes that it would keep terminally ill people up to date with their compensation claims at all times, and that they would be telephoned about it within two days of making an application.
A spokesman for the group said: “We feel that in such circumstances, this approach would be a far more appropriate and productive method of dealing with a case as opposed to setting more stringent deadlines for the processing of the case which could simply result in a poorer quality decision from the independent panel.”