Six party leaders call on Karen Bradley to compensate abuse victims
Today the six party leaders in the north have written to the British Secretary of State asking her to bring forward legislation to compensate victims and survivors of Historical Institutional abuse.
In a letter to Karen Bradley, the party leaders said:
"The Head of the Civil Service David Sterling has formally asked you as the Secretary of State to progress legislation through Westminster to compensate victims of Historical Institutional Abuse.
"In his appeal to you, Mr Sterling has stressed the need to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion, particularly given the age profiles of those involved.
"You have rejected this appeal from the Head of the Civil Service for legislation to compensate victims of historical institutional abuse, instead claiming that it should be a matter for the Stormont negotiations.
"The parties share the view that despite ongoing Talks aimed at restoring the Assembly that the recommendations of the Hart Inquiry should be addressed without any further delay and a suitable legal and financial framework put in place to begin addressing the needs of victims by you as Secretary of State.
"We look forward to your response shortly."
The letter has been signed by:
Arlene Foster MLA, Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
Michelle O’Neill MLA, Assembly Leader and Vice-President of Sinn Féin
Robin Swann MLA, Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party
Colum Eastwood MLA, Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
Naomi Long MLA, Leader of the Alliance Party
Clare Bailey MLA, Leader of the Green Party