Update on the Northern Ireland Redress Scheme

The HIA Redress Board in Northern Ireland published its key Business Performance Summary as of the 31 December 2021, in early January 2022. As of 31 December 2021, the HIA Redress Board received 2,267 applications, 186 of those applications have not been processed to date, as they remain incomplete.

Of the 2081 complete applications received the current status of the same are as follows:

  • Waiting for further information                                                               108
  • Outstanding queries relating to statutory information requirements    111
  • Validated to be allocated for listing review                                              58
  • Validated scheduled to be listing in January, 2022                                   95
  • Initial Payment Order made and still in place                                           25
  • Adjourned by panel for further consideration                                          72
  • Finally determined                                                                                  1,474
  • Final Determination – Appeal Outstanding                                              61
  • Withdrawn before a panel                                                                       77

As at 31 December ’21 the HIA Redress Board has paid out £34,006,500, following section 13 actuarial adjustments £33,122,876 was payable to applicants (Section 13 allow certain actuarial adjustments to be made to an award of redress where the applicant for redress has previously been paid compensation for having suffered the abuse the subject of the redress application).

In 2021 the HIA Redress Scheme received 231 Notices of Appeal, 170 appeals were considered by a single judicial member, 60 being upheld and 110 dismissed upholding the original panel decision. The remaining 61 are referred to as outstanding appeals. The single judicial member sat for 94 days dealing with appeals in 2021 which was a 63% increase in the number of appeal sitting days in 2020.

Redress Board panels sat 317 days in 2021 which is a 48% increase in sitting days for Redress Board panels in 2020.

1,256 applications were considered for final determination in 2021 which is a 43% increase in the number of application considered for final determination in 2020.

What is clear from the recent update is that the work of the HIA Redress Board in Northern Ireland is certainly gathering speed with applications being dealt with almost three times more quickly in 2021 than they were in 2020.

Written by Caroline Farrell at BLM (caroline.farrell@blmlaw.com)

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