Pay­ments to 71 sur­vivors of Scots care home abuse

The Scotsman - - FRONT PAGE - By LAURA PATER­SON

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.”

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