Human rights charity, Ulster Human Rights Watch, is calling for more information about the Victims’ Payment Scheme.

UHRW Advocacy Manager, Axel Schmidt, said, “On the Victims’ Payment Scheme, Mr Justice McAlinden has stated that it is his ‘intention to open the scheme on 30 June 2021’. We welcome this and sincerely hope that this timeline will be adhered to.

“However, victims who have endured such a prolonged wait still need more details. How do they apply? How are the assessments to be made? And, when will the first payments be made?

“If the scheme is to be open in a little over 8 weeks, surely this information is available and should be made public as soon as possible.

“The innocent victims and the families we represent have suffered for so long with each delay in the implementation of the Victims’ Payment Scheme. They need to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity, and we hope that the parameters and implementation of the scheme will do that.”