The new government policy to restrict payments for minor criminal injuries and to refuse payment to victims with a criminal record is nothing more than headline grabbing sensationalised news
Recent news about restrictions in payments to criminal injury victims is nothing new.
The criminal injuries compensation scheme in the UK already does not make payments for minor injuries worth less than £1000. In addition – the current scheme does not allow payment of compensation to victims who have a substantial criminal record.
The government has announced these reforms as a cost saving, but as they were primarily already in existence – what change is there??
If you are an innocent victim of a crime of violence, you will understand how your life can be transformed with life changing physical injury and crippling psychological disorders.
Should we really be talking about restricting payment of public monies to such innocent victims who have most likely worked hard all their lives and paid the very tax used to fund such schemes?
To see how the criminal injury scheme operates in the UK click criminal injury compensation claims.