UK Liberty

Victims of crime hampered by red tape

Posted in law and order, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on November 21, 2008

The BBC:

Victims of violent crimes are put off claiming compensation by complex forms and too much bureaucracy, MPs suggest.

Less than 5% of those eligible for sums of up to £500,000 are applying, the Commons public accounts committee said.

Two-thirds of victims are unaware of the scheme which covers England, Wales and Scotland, it added.

The committee said that last year there was a backlog of more than 80,000 cases. But the government claimed the system had improved since 2006. …

The report from the Public Accounts Committee can be downloaded from their website.

(Why the BBC, nor indeed other mainstream media outlets, never link to such things, I will never know. Quite frustrating.)

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