Government has shied away from compensation for abuse victims, campaigners say

Belfast Telegraph

The government has been accused of dragging its feet over compensation for victims of historical child abuse.

Campaigners claim political leaders have “shied away” from the issue of financial redress and reiterated appeals for urgent action.

Margaret McGuckin said: “We are asking and pleading to our government, please come off the fence, stop these excuses and get something sorted.

“How many more of us are going to be dead and gone?”

The plea was made as members of an expert panel examining potential compensation schemes briefed MLAs on the Executive scrutiny committee at Stormont.

Ms McGuckin, a high-profile member of the panel, added: ” What people want is to be compensated so that for the remainder of their life they can live in some sort of peace and tranquillity, and to afford some comfort.

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