Payments to 71 survivors of Scots care home abuse
More than 70 survivors of abuse in care who are elderly or terminally ill have each been awarded £10,000 compensation payments by the Scottish Government, after years of campaigning by survivors of child abuse.
The £10 million advance payment scheme was launched more than seven weeks ago, and since then 71 payments have been approved, with a further 52 being considered.
More than 500 application packs have been downloaded from the Scottish Government’s website. The payments are being awarded while the Scottish Government continues to work on a statutory redress scheme for survivors of in-care abuse.
More than 70 survivors of abuse in care who are elderly or terminally ill have each been awarded £10,000 compensation payments by the Scottish Government.
Since the £10 million advance payment scheme was launched more than seven weeks ago, 71 payments have been approved and 52 are being considered.
More than 150 application packs have been sent out since the scheme opened on 25 April and around 500 have been downloaded from the Scottish Government website.
The payouts follow years of campaigning by survivors of child abuse.
Those who suffered abuse in care before December 2004, and who are aged 70 or over or are terminally ill, are eligible for the £10,000 flat rate.
Applicants do not need to provide proof they were abused but are required to submit documentary evidence which shows they were in care.
A dedicated phone line has been set up to help abuse survivors apply.
The payments are being awarded while the Scottish Government continues to work on a statutory redress scheme for survivors of incare abuse.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I am pleased that more than 70 payments have now been approved under the advance payment scheme, which recognises the harm done to children who were abused while in care.
“We continue to do everything possible to help survivors and their families through our simple application process and, where appropriate, we point them to sources of care records.
“As a result, no one has been refused an application due to lack of documentary evidence of being in care.”
Scottish Labour education spokesman Iain Gray said: “Some survivors have reported having difficulty with the scheme because they could not provide documentation proving they were in care, so this announcement is welcome reassurance from the Scottish Government.”
Oliver Mundell, the Conservative MSP for Dumfriesshire, said: “It’s only right that we do whatever we can to address the historic wrongs that these survivors have been subjected to.
“That’s why it’s encouraging to see payments already being made, and hundreds of application forms being downloaded.
“However, we cannot grow complacent and must continue to provide all necessary support to survivors of childhood abuse.”