Church of England approves pilot redress scheme

At a meeting of the Church of England’s  Archbishops’ Council on 23 September, the Council voted unanimously for safeguarding proposals to implement an interim pilot redress scheme for survivors of abuse, and also to strengthen independence in the Church’s safeguarding work.

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German Catholic bishops set up countrywide ‘redress scheme’

On Thursday 24 September, the Conference of German Catholic Bishops disclosed plans to pay survivors of sexual and physical abuse by Catholic priests in Germany, compensation of up to €50,000 (£45,350). Rather than refer to the payments as compensation, the German Catholic Church insists on referring to them as “payments in recognition of [the survivors’] suffering.”

The president of the Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing said that the figure was arrived at after reviewing relevant court awards in German abuse claims and was at “the higher end” of comparable damages that have been made via the normal court claims process. 

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Lambeth Redress Scheme – Update as of April 2020

The Lambeth Children’s Homes Redress Scheme (LRS) was launched on 2 January 2018 and can accept applications up to 1 January 2022.

The LRS provides survivors of physical and/or sexual and/or psychological abuse (whilst resident in a Lambeth Children’s Home) with an alternative dispute mechanism for obtaining compensation without having to go through the Courts.

It covers all Children’s Homes which were run by Lambeth Council and applies to all residents dating back to the 1930s until the Homes were closed in the 1980 and 90s.

Since the LRS opened a total of 1,479 applications have been made.

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What is required of institutions by the Historical Institution Redress Board in Northern Ireland

Section 9(2) of the Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act, 2019 (“the 2019 Act”) provides that the panel dealing with an application before it must, in so far as it is practicable to do so and in accordance with such provision as may be made in rules, request the body, society or

organisation which provided residential accommodation in an institution to which the application refers to provide whatever information would enable the panel to verify the accuracy of information provided in support of the application for compensation.

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Scottish claims and litigation

In recent blogs, we have considered the Scottish Government’s plan for a statutory redress scheme. One of the evolving issues is whether engagement with the statutory scheme should be to the exclusion of a claimant’s ability to issue civil court proceedings. Scottish Government is committed to establishing the legislative framework for a redress scheme before the end of March 2021.

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Update on Scottish Redress and immediate changes to the Advance Payment Scheme

Readers of this blog will be aware that the Scottish Government has committed to establishing a statutory redress scheme before the end of March 2021.

A pre-legislative public consultation on financial redress for historical child abuse in care opened on the 2 September 2019 and closed on the 25 November 2019.

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Mr Justice Colton appointed to head NI Redress Panel

The Lord Chief Justice in NI, Declan Morgan, has appointed Mr Justice Adrian Colton to be the President of the new Redress Board.  Mr Justice Colton was called to the Bar in 1983 and appointed QC in 2006.  He was appointed to the High Court bench in 2015.

In 2016 he was appointed Presiding Coroner for NI and took responsibility for overseeing the management of inquests around controversial killings in Northern Ireland.

In 2017 he was appointed Senior Criminal Judge.

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Queen’s speech indicates intention to address HIAI Redress and other recommendations

While the Queen’s speech delivered on Monday 14 October indicated a number of headline grabbing initiatives around the Brexit process and progress, education, security and so on there was a small section of interest to the Victims and Survivors of Institutional abuse.

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Scottish Government – Public Consultation – Proposals on redress payments, evidence and assessment

In our last blog we looked at the general overarching principles of the proposed statutory financial redress scheme (“the Scheme”) in Scotland.

In today’s blog we intend to look at the proposed redress payments, what evidence will be required and how the redress payable will be assessed.

It is the Scottish Government’s intention that the Scheme will provide for a combination payment approach which could have two possible stages much like the Lambeth Redress Scheme.

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Proposed extension and general update on Lambeth Redress Scheme

An updated report on the Lambeth Redress Scheme (LRS) was presented by Lambeth Council at a Cabinet Meeting on the 16 of September.

The report provides an update on the working of the (LRS) up to the end of June, 2019 which is half way through the period of time that the LRS was to be open to receive applications the Scheme was originally due to close on the 1 January, 2020.

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