Ulster Human Rights Watch, which campaigns on behalf of innocent victims of terrorism, is reminding victims that the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme opens for applications in just six days.

UHRW Advocacy Manager, Axel Schmidt, says victims must not lose out on the payments which can be as much as £10,000 per year.

Mr Schmidt said: “Ulster Human Rights Watch is here with our partners to help innocent victims with the application process. Already, we have seen significant interest in the scheme with people contacting us directly for support.

“What we must avoid at all cost is genuine victims of terrorist violence slipping through the net because they find the process a bit bureaucratic or daunting.

There is considerable detail on the Victims’ Payment Board website (victimspaymentsboard.org.uk) but we appreciate that not everyone will be used to navigating online and will require some assistance.

“This scheme is long overdue, but at least it’s now up and running and our job will be to maximise the numbers of legitimate applicants who seek to avail of the financial help.

“The money paid under the scheme will help ease the financial burden faced by victims although it will never extinguish the pain and anguish many thousands still suffer.”