“That’s both a shame and a waste.”

Victims Commission acting chairman Mike Nesbitt’s criticism of the timing of the consultation on proposals for a new Victims and Survivors Service could be seen as an attempt to lobby for future funding for the service to distribute. But he also criticises the distribution of the existing £36 million that OFMDFM had made available. From the Belfast Telegraph report

“The Executive ring-fenced £36m for victims and survivors over the current three-year spending cycle (the Comprehensive Spending Review),” Mr Nesbitt said. “That CSR ends in March 2011. It’s unlikely the new service will be fully functional more than a few months before that. “You may think it inconceivable that politicians would not continue to allocate funds for victims and survivors, but senior figures in the private and voluntary sectors are warning us to anticipate massive cuts in public spending after the general election next year. “Will victims and survivors be exempt from an across the board tightening of the belt? “It seems to us that, with the best will in the world, the politicians made the money available, but failed to ensure the capacity existed to process it and get it out onto the ground. That’s both a shame and a waste.”

But if, as he also claims, “by the time the service is up and running, the existing pot of money will have run out”..?

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  • Pigeon Toes

    “But if, as he also claims, “by the time the service is up and running, the existing pot of money will have run out”..?

    Eh?

  • sinless

    This seems to be a huge scam industry. Are lists of who got what avaialable?

  • Skintown Lad

    What is this money actually used for/to be used for?

  • Glencoppagagh

    “That’s both a shame and a waste.”

    A shame? Maybe.
    A waste? Definitely not if the money isn’t spent.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Glencoppagh

    “by the time the service is up and running, the existing pot of money will have run out”.

  • abu nicola

    This raises a fundamental question – how long does the Victim “industry” need to last? When the last person born before the signing of the GFA dies or sooner. If sooner, when?

  • cynic

    “Will victims and survivors be exempt from an across the board tightening of the belt? “

    Should they be?

    Will the Commissioners agree to a 50% pay cut to allow more to be distributed?

  • Archie Purple

    The definition of victims must be changed….the realitives of anyone who was a member of a terrorist organisation from whatever side of the community who were killed or injured due to their own activities should not be considered for payment from any fund. There are REAL VICTIMS and those who were perpretators and caused their own ‘victimhood’ and only the REAL VICTIMS should enjoy the benefits of Government funding in order to replace what was taken from them.

    It is because of the current Government definition of victim that caused the £12k payment, suggested by those fools Eames and Bradley, to fall at the first hurdle.

  • Real Victim of IRA terrorism

    2.This seems to be a huge scam industry. Are lists of who got what available?

    Yes Sinless, the scam is in the various ex Prisoner’s groups [mainly Republican] who have received millions of pounds of British and European grants over the years….that is the SCAM…..Needs a serious investigation……did any of it go to the £1+ million that the Shinners raised during the past year [Source: Electoral Commission report].