The Department of Justice has been designated to exercise the administrative functions of the Victims’ Payments Board on the Board’s behalf under para 2(1) of Schedule 1 to the Victims’ Payments Regulations 2020 - https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/103/made/data.pdf.
The Executive Office has also agreed to provide grants to the Department of Justice this financial year to establish the administrative arrangements for the scheme. This includes development of an IT system, deployment and training of staff for administrative preparations, development of a medical assessment process and appointment of members to the Victims’ Payments Board.
Not all of these issues fall within the direct control of the Department of Justice. However, subject to funding for the scheme being made available, it is anticipated that the scheme could open for applications by early March 2021. Work is ongoing with all key stakeholders to ensure the Scheme is implemented at the earliest date possible.
If you wish to receive further information about the Scheme when it opens for applications, please forward your contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that by forwarding your contact details you are agreeing to those being held on file. Your contact details will be only be used for the purposes of contacting you in relation to the Victims’ Payments Scheme and will be disposed of in accordance with NICS records management policy.
In the meantime, if you need support, a number of organisations will be able to help you. The Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) provides health and wellbeing support and services through a network of community providers. You can contact one of the community organisations directly using the following link www.victimsservice.org/find-support-in-your-area/ by telephone calling 028 90 279100 or email email@example.com