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Bradley to do 'everything in her power' to compensate abuse victims 'as quickly as possible'

Karen Bradley
Karen Bradley

Secretary of State Karen Bradley has said she will do everything in her power to compensate victims of historic institutional abuse "as quickly as possible".

It comes after Mrs Bradley received a letter from Northern Ireland's main political parties on Tuesday responding to questions surrounding the compensation.

A UK government spokesperson said that the Secretary of State was "grateful to the political parties for their efforts to help resolve the outstanding key issues".

Mrs Bradley outraged victims last month when she suggested that compensation should become part of the talks aimed at restoring Stormont.

She then said that she required answers to still outstanding issues arising from a public consultation on the compensation.

The government spokesperson said Mrs Bradley will now consider the views of Northern Ireland politicians "urgently".

"She is determined to do everything in her power to ensure that the victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse get the redress they deserve as quickly as possible," the spokesperson said.

Northern Ireland's parties have recommended that victims of abuse should receive £10,000 instead of the proposed £7,500 and that relatives of those deceased should receive 100% of an award for compensation.

Sinn Fein MLA Linda Dillion said that the letter from the parties demonstrated "a united voice" on compensation for victims.

"It is now up to Karen Bradley act in good faith and legislate to meet the needs of victims and survivors as a matter of urgency," the Mid Ulster MLA said.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry concluded there should be compensation ranging from £7,500 to £100,000.
The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry concluded there should be compensation ranging from £7,500 to £100,000.

In January 2017 an inquiry led by Sir Anthony Hart found widespread and systemic abuse in children's homes across Northern Ireland.

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry studied allegations of abuse in 22 homes and other residential institutions between 1922 and 1995.

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