Alliance MLAs call for redress scheme to be prioritised during talks

Alliance MLAs have called for the redress scheme for victims and survivors of institutional abuse to be prioritised during the talks process.

The call by Chris Lyttle MLA and Paula Bradshaw MLA came after victims and survivors presented copies of their position paper and recommendations on the findings of the Panel of Experts on Redress to political parties at Stormont.

It accompanied a letter from the group calling on politicians to use the current talks process to discuss the establishment of a compensation framework for historic abuse and fully consult victims and survivors.

“The victims and survivors are the most important part of this whole process. They deserve help in gaining compensation, as well as counselling, accessing family members and a full apology for the sexual, physical and emotional abuse they suffered,” said Mr Lyttle.

“As such, we should be prioritising their need during the talks, particularly as such redress has been recommended by the Chair of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.”

“While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to redress, it would mark a major step to helping victims and survivors get on with their lives. With compensation, we can help them get the justice they deserve, so they can begin getting on with their lives,” added Ms Bradshaw.

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