Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Government scraps criminal injury compensation cuts in yet Another U-TURN

The government has shelved plans to scrap compensation payments to victims of minor criminal assaults in Britain.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had wanted to restrict payments from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to those suffering serious injuries.

It had said such a limit would shave £50m off the annual £449m bill.

But an MoJ spokesman said: "We have listened to the views expressed in Parliament and will now consider our next steps."

Shadow justice minister Rob Flello welcomed the U-turn and said: "Contemplating these cuts that would have affected innocent victims of crime shows this Tory-led government is out of touch."

Critics had accused the government of putting deficit reduction ahead of compassion for victims of crime who would otherwise struggle to get compensation. Read More