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Monday, 3 September 2012

"Deputy Mike Higgins Gets It So Right On Child Abuse Payments"

Call for review of help for victims of abuse

A SCHEME which pays compensation to victims of serious child abuse in States residential care needs to be reviewed and debated by politicians, says Deputy Mike Higgins.

He is concerned that the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme, which was announced by the Chief Minister in March and which made up to £60,000 available for each victim, is not ‘transparent’.

He says there have been allegations that the ‘goalposts are being moved’ and that some victims will not get compensation.

Mike Higgins
Deputy Higgins wants the scheme to be kept open past its closing date of 30 September and any payments that have already been made to be considered interim payments which could be increased but not decreased, following any debate.

In a proposition lodged with the States, the Deputy asks the Chief Minister to lodge a report and proposition within 90 days setting out for approval by the Assembly the maximum and minimum levels of compensation, the criteria used to determine the levels of compensation to be paid, and any other relevant information regarding the operation of the scheme or any rules associated with it.


  1. Jersey is humiliating itself, once again, by mistreating those who were abused as children in Care. The comments in the State Rag on this make the people of Jersey sound cold, heartless, selfish and cruel. No wonder outsiders accuse Jersey of tacitly supporting paedophiles.

  2. I see what you mean!

    September 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    It seems a bit strange that they need an extension to this claim period when this story has not only been in existance since early 2008 but people seeking compensation have been pushing for this is be dealt with for ages. It just doesn’t make sense as to why some States Members cannot keep their political noses out of it.

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    September 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    That’s because some backbenchers can’t talk about anything else Dave.

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    September 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    “He says there have been allegations that the ‘goalposts are being moved’ and that some victims will not get compensation.”

    With all due respect I sincerely hope tax payers money is only being given to people who have genuine claims Deputy.

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    September 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This is a bit late in the day, they started the process 5 months ago for goodness sake.

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  3. As a child I suffered abuse in the care of the Sisters of Mercy and a sadistic ex Jesuit Monk. In 2010 I faced a 3 day trial against the Catholic Church. My book Cry and You Cry Alone, tells the story of the abuse I suffered and gives an in depth account of my fight for justice and the tactics of the Defendants in the Court room. A must read for anyone involved in litigation for institutional abuse. Rosalinda Hutton