Churches, Charities and Councils Should Fund ?13.5m Support Scheme for Abuse Victims, Says MSP

By Stephen Naysmith
Herald Scotland
March 24, 2016

Charities, churches and other institutions where child abuse took place should be required to pay into a fund to help support victims, according to an MSP.

Labour's Graeme Pearson said institutions in which child abuse is known to have taken place could help provide the fund for survivors of abuse while an inquiry into what happened to them takes place.

The Scottish Government has announced a ?13.5m survivor support fund, which will prioritise the needs of older historic child abuse victims, some of whom are not expected to live to see the end of the four year inquiry.

As the Herald reported yesterday, the inquiry has already cost more than ?600,000 and the final cost will run into the tens of millions of pounds.








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