William Eichler 25 March 2019

Lambeth survivors of abuse receive £7.7m compensation

Lambeth survivors of abuse receive £7.7m compensation image

More than 1,000 applications for compensation have been made during the first year of a council scheme which was set up to compensate victims of abuse.

The Lambeth Children’s Homes Redress Scheme, which opened on January 1, 2018, aims to provide redress to those who survived neglect and abuse in the borough’s former children’s homes, which were closed down in the 1980s and 1990s.

The scheme pays up to £10,000 in compensation to those who feared abuse or neglect and payments of up to £125,000 which compensates those who survived neglect and abuse.

The number of applications to the £100m scheme had risen to 1,115 by mid-March and to date a total of £7.7m has been paid to survivors.

An Independent Appeal Panel has been established for applicants who wish to appeal their award, and a new Equality Impact Assessment has been carried out to ensure the scheme complies with Equalities and Human Rights legislation.

The Redress Scheme also offers independent legal representation funded by the council, a formal apology from the council, a meeting with a senior council representative and free counselling support.

Cllr Jack Hopkins, Lambeth council leader, commented: ‘As the new leader of this council I am committed to our pledge to survivors that this council will not be like previous administrations and will continue to face up to the past.

‘This scheme is incredibly important as it acknowledges how very badly our former children’s home residents were let down. We know that many former children’s homes residents will never be able to forgive the council for their childhood experiences.

‘But we are determined to do all we can to deliver swift and compassionate redress to those who have waited so long to even have acknowledgement of the suffering they experienced. I want to apologise to abuse survivors of behalf of the council.’

A commitment to civil debate image

A commitment to civil debate

Cllr Arooj Shah has been the target of recent threats and harassment. Leaders from all parties in Oldham have now come together to add their signature to a ‘politics, not personalities’ pledge, she explains.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Independent Living Assessor

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£26,544 - £30,618 per annum
This is an ideal career development role for someone who is interested in a career in social care or... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Programme Manager - Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) - LG001e

Cumbria County Council
£57,024 - £59,621
Local Government in Cumbria is changing. Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Project Support Officer - Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) LG005e

Cumbria County Council
£27,741 - £28,672
We are looking for pro-active and organised candidates to support the development and delivery of our LGR projects and programmes. Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Project Manager – Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) LG003e

Cumbria County Council
£37,890 - £38,890
We are looking for pro-active and organised candidates to support the development and delivery of our LGR projects and programmes. Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Area Manager – Catering

North Yorkshire County Council
£23,453
We are looking for an experienced Catering Area Manager who can support, motivate and lead a... North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue