CICA criminal injuries scheme set to improve compensation for victims of terrorism
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A consultation has been launched with the intention of reforming the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme so that it more effectively addresses the needs of victims and their families following terrorist incidents. It will also include steps to speed up the compensation application process.
The move follows the Manchester Arena Terror Attack, and the terrorist incident in Streatham, south London.
The government's aim is to make the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme simpler and more transparent.
Compensation of more than £130 million was paid to victims injured by violent crime in 2019, but there are calls for greater support to be provided.
The key proposal is a standalone scheme for victims of terrorism, both at home and abroad, designed to improve awareness of the financial support available and to ensure that applications are processed as quickly as possible.
It has also been suggested that a single payment of £8,000 is given to bereaved families. This would be an increase of £2,500 for the majority of applicants. There would also be increased support for funeral costs rising from £2,500 to £4,500.
Currently, compensation for victims of terrorism in Great Britain can be claimed under the Criminal injuries Compensation Scheme while victims of terrorist attacks abroad are eligible to claim compensation from the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme.
The government is also reviewing the wider support that is made available to victims of terrorism, including their families and loved ones.