MIN­IS­TERS TO VISIT HS2 SITES

De­ci­sion on claims from ter­mi­nally ill res­i­dents

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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