Victims of crime hampered by red tape
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. …
(Why the BBC, nor indeed other mainstream media outlets, never link to such things, I will never know. Quite frustrating.)