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Draft legislation completed for survivors of institutional abuse compensation

The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling. (Niall Carson/PA)
The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling. (Niall Carson/PA)
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

The head of the Civil Service has confirmed draft legislation for compensation for the survivors of institutional abuse has been completed.

There have been growing calls for Secretary of State Karen Bradley to implement the recommendations of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry.

Chairman Sir Anthony Hart's report concluded there should be a public apology to those who suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse between 1922 to 1995, and compensation ranging from £7,500 to £100,000.

Campaign groups and Sir Anthony Hart have made repeated pleas to politicians to act on his recommendations and to provide the financial, social and educational support as a matter of urgency.

Northern Ireland political parties also called for the measures to be adopted with concerns many of those entitled to recompense have already died.

However, Mrs Bradley and her predecessor James Brokenshire have resisted making a move, instead saying it is a matter for the Stormont institutions.

Civil Service head, David Sterling has now said draft legislation is completed and a consultation will be launched on Monday, November 19.

It comes after legislation was passed at Westminster giving Northern Ireland civil servants more decision-making powers.

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