Government to review Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme
9th September 2018
The Ministry of Justice has announced it will be reviewing the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. The justice services trade union, Community, has welcomed the review. Many of its members, who have been assaulted at work, have faced challenges accessing compensation for their injuries.
Responding to the news, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“Community’s members are on the frontline in justice, custodial and immigration services. Too many of our members have been the victims of assaults as they go about their work, yet they are forced to jump through hoops to secure access to justice and receive appropriate compensation for their injuries.
“This review is welcome as our members have been expressing concerns for some time. We will make sure the voices and experiences of our members are brought to the attention of ministers.
“But we also know that compensation is not enough, which is why we will continue to campaign for government action to create safer justice, custodial and immigration services.”
Community is the recognised trade union within a range of major justice and immigration services contracts run by companies such as Serco, Sodexo, Mitie and G4S.