Dame Vera Baird QC has written to Alex Chalk MP to ascertain what progress has been made regarding the Government’s review of the scheme

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales Dame Vera Baird QC has written to Ministers to ask about the progress of the Ministry of Justice’s review of criminal injuries compensation scheme.

She welcomes a recent decision by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to spare victims of sexual assault the trauma of having to describe what happened to them in their application for compensation and to provide some vulnerable victims with a single point of contact. But she again raises other concerns such as precluding all victims who have unspent criminal convictions and calls for bereaved families of  victims of homicide abroad to be able to access the scheme.

She also highlights that the current schedule of payments has not been adjusted in line with inflation since it was introduced in 2012 which means the value of the awards is diminishing year on year while the impact of crime of the lives of victims remains the same.

The full letter can be read here.