Historical child abuse inquiry judge Lady Smith asked to listen to evidence locally

The National

Kathleen Nutt, Journalist / @kacnutt

THE chairwoman of Scotland’s historical child abuse inquiry is to be urged to hold public evidence sessions across the country when she announces how her work is progressing next week.

Alan Draper, of survivor organisation In Care Abuse Survivors (Incas) made the appeal to senior judge Lady Smith ahead of a key preliminary hearing of the inquiry on Tuesday at Parliament House in Edinburgh.

Draper said: “I hope she will be announcing oral evidence sessions in different parts of the country as it will make it easier for survivors, many of whom are now elderly, to take part.”

“It is to be welcomed that this hearing is taking place, although we would have liked it sooner.”

Draper said he hoped Smith would also respond positively to calls from survivors for interim payments as part of their demands for redress.

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