Belfast Telegraph

Calls to rein in payouts for injured police officers

By Michael McHugh

The police injuries pay awards system in Northern Ireland is buckling because of the number hurt during the Troubles who are using it, a review said.

The independent organisation which oversees the police force has been "flooded" with more than 1,000 applications a year for disability payouts, a report by David Scoffield QC said. Most forces in Great Britain have fewer than 10 applications per year.

Some permanently harmed in the line of duty here - often during firearms training during the Troubles - were compensated twice for problems like hearing loss, the lawyer said.

Mr Scoffield's report called for a time limit on former officers making applications years after the events and long after the disablement was said to have arisen.

But a spokesman for the Police Federation said: "If they were injured because of the job that they did trying to keep the community safe, then the community and all these agencies cannot walk away from these responsibilities now."

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