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Pension scheme for victims of The Troubles

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Pension scheme for victims of The Troubles

The Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme.

On 31st August 2021, the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme will accept applications from those physically and psychologically injured during The Troubles. This follows the Court of Appeal’s decision in February 2021 that Stormont is under a legal duty to provide funding.

This came as welcome news for those severely impacted by the conflict, as successful applicants are entitled to receive annual payments between £2000 and £10,000. This amount is determined by an assessment of the applicant’s degree of disablement, carried out by qualified healthcare professionals. For those aged over 60 or terminally ill, a lump sum payment is available, and upon a recipient’s death, their spouse or civil partner remains entitled to receive payment for a further 10 years. 

Eligibility for the scheme

In order to be eligible, the applicant’s injury must be severe, permanent and caused through no fault of their own. Troubles-related violence between 1966 and 2010 is covered, including incidents in Europe and Great Britain. For relevant injuries that occurred after 2010, an Independent Panel will determine if a different timeframe should be considered for payments.

The Department of Justice’s introduction and management of this pension seeks to acknowledge the suffering caused by the conflict and recognise the implications of severe disablement on victims and their families. Commenting on its introduction at the time, Justice Minister Naomi Long stated, “this important scheme will go some way to recognise the suffering of those individuals and their families.”

Do you need legal advice on The Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme?

The Victim’s Payment Scheme will serve as monetary aid to those seriously affected by the Troubles in Northern Ireland for years to come. If you wish to apply and seek advice regarding eligibility, please contact us today.

Visit Victims Payment Scheme to learn more.


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