Scottish Government has recently released its twelfth information note on the Scottish in-care abuse redress scheme, link here. Key points include that:
- The scheme “is on schedule to open for applications in December 2021”.
- The scheme will be run by two organisations – the Scottish Government Redress Division which will administer the scheme and provide support to apply and the new independent body, Redress Scotland, which will make decisions on applications.
- Joanna McCreadie, formerly of The Gannochy Trust community and housing organisation, has been appointed as Chief Executive of Redress Scotland, with Johnny Gwynne, formerly of Police Scotland and the National Crime Agency, already in post as Chair of Redress Scotland. Recruitment of Redress Scotland panel members is ongoing.
- Redress Scotland is working with StudioLR on a website and “brand identity”.
In other developments, secondary legislation is now in place on legal fees to be paid for work done on scheme applications. The fees for completed first applications are £450 for work on a fixed rate redress payment application or a next of kin application and £2,000 for work on an individually assessed redress payment application. VAT is payable in addition to these fees and certain outlays may also be recovered. Applications may be made for additional fees in “exceptional or unexpected circumstances.”Continue reading