Historical Institutional Abuse Bill must pass through Westminster without delay, says Bradshaw

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has said legislation to implement the recommendations of the Hart Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse must now pass through Westminster without delay, after draft legislation was forwarded to the Northern Ireland Office by the Executive Office. The South Belfast MLA stated: “We have now cleared all the hurdles necessary to ensure […]

Crucial other victims and survivors aren’t let down as well, says Bradshaw

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has welcomed the appointment of a new Chair for an inter-departmental working group on historical child abuse involving Magdalene Laundries and mother and baby homes. Peter McBride will take up the position for the working group, which was established by the Department of Health and the Executive Office, and works on […]

Bradshaw welcomes political agreement on compensation for victims and survivors

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has welcomed agreement between the political parties and Civil Service on changes to draft legislation relating to compensation for victims and survivors of institutional abuse. A letter signed by party leaders will now be sent to the Secretary of State, confirming backing for the matter to be dealt with at Westminster. […]

Bradshaw welcomes political agreement on compensation for victims and survivors

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has welcomed agreement between the political parties and Civil Service on changes to draft legislation relating to compensation for victims and survivors of institutional abuse. A letter signed by party leaders will now be sent to the Secretary of State, confirming backing for the matter to be dealt with at Westminster. […]

Secretary of State must move quickly on Hart recommendations, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has called on the Secretary of State to move quickly to ensure the recommendations of the Hart Inquiry report into historical institutional abuse are delivered upon. She said: “I have become aware the Head of the Civil Service has now written to the Secretary of State, advising the Executive […]

Victims and survivors of institutional abuse being let down by parties, says Bradshaw

The refusal by the DUP and Sinn Féin to establish an Executive is responsible for prolonging the suffering of victims and survivors of institutional abuse, Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has said. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after the High Court ruled there was no legal failure by the Secretary of State to implement the […]

Time for Secretary of State to end suffering of institutional abuse victims and survivors, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has called on the Secretary of State to take immediate steps to implement the recommendations of the Hart Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse after the Executive Office’s extended consultation closed. The public consultation, which had been extended by a month, ended yesterday. South Belfast MLA Ms Bradshaw said it […]

Bradshaw dismayed by absence of Budget allocation for abuse victims

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has expressed her dismay and disappointment the proposed budget for Executive Departments for 2019/20 continues to provide no allocation to implement the recommendations of the Hart Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse. The South Belfast MLA stated: “It is beyond frustrating political failure in both Belfast and London now appears […]

Scottish model offers route to justice for Northern Ireland victims and survivors of historical abuse, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said developments in Scotland may offer a way for fast compensation for elderly or infirm victims of Historical Institutional Abuse in Northern Ireland, and called on the Secretary of State to act. The Scottish Government will fast track payments to victims and survivors of care homes there in […]