The scheme is bad because it is unfair. It will reduce grotesquely the compensation given to the more seriously injured. It is bad because it abandons the common law basis of individual assessment of need that has been in force for 30 years and that Parliament approved in the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Bad also is the Government's attempt to frustrate the intention of Parliament expressed in the 1988 Act that compensation for criminal injuries should be put on a statutory footing.
For the 70,000 who apply annually for compensation this is a serious matter; for those grievously injured by criminal violence and their dependents it is disastrous; for the nation it is unconscionable.
R. C. H. BRIGGS
Coombe Bissett, WiltshireReuse content