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PRESS RELEASE

2018-09-18 12:01:23

LSA welcomes the UK Government’s announcement of a Review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme including of the unfair pre 1979 “same roof rule” which blocked victims of family violence.

The UK Government has announced a full review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to “Ensure it reflects the changing nature of crime and can better support victims”.

LSA welcomes the Review and is really up for the challenge of debating the many issues that will arise given the Government’s statement that it will be “full”.

We particularly welcome the Government’s assertion that it will look at issues such as time limits, (victims of child sex abuse disproportionately delay in reporting crimes and therefore can easily can miss out in compensation.)

LSA has campaigned for many years about the “same roof rule” which excludes the victims of family violence before October 1979.  Indeed, we are pursuing a case with good prospects of success in the Supreme Court on the unfairness of this issue.  We look forward to seeing the new arrangements: particularly to make sure that everyone who was excluded will get compensation. This will include victims who have claimed and have had their claims rejected primarily decades ago, victims who had their claims rejected and went to Court to attempt to overturn the pre October 1979 bar, as well as victims who have simply not claimed yet.

The Review will also look at the way criminal convictions on the part of the victims effect eligibility. This has resulted in real unfairness in the past.  Not only do many victims of the most serious abuse sustain emotional problems which means that they later run into conflict with the law, but also, in Scotland owing to the relative harshness of the current rehabilitation regime, many victims who sustain serious crimes of violence in Scotland are rejected from obtaining compensation in circumstances where they would get compensation in England and Wales. 

Not only will LSA engage, in partnership, with the Review we are also keen to take up cases upon behalf of victims who may, subsequent to the Review, become eligible.

LSA has a long track record of taking up complex criminal injuries compensation applications and we are eager to provide our services to victims who may now become eligible.

  • Victims seeking our assistance should simply telephone for an appointment: Glasgow 0141 353 3354, Edinburgh 0131 228 9993, or Freephone 0800 316 8450.
  • In addition, there will be a free drop in surgery, most Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm  at our offices in Fleming House, 3rd Floor, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6ST.

For more information:

Contact:  Paul Brown, 0141 353 3354, paulbrown@lsa.org.uk

               Kirsti Nelson, 0141 353 3354, kirstinelson@lsa.org.uk