Far reaching government proposals to cut lower value cases from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) were branded a “gross injustice” by many representing victims of criminal assaults.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke launched a consultation on 30th January 2012 which includes plans to remove from the scheme all claims valued at less than £11,000. Only a handful of exceptions have been proposed including claims for some sexual crimes, persistent physical abuse and claims for families of homicide.
A Mr. F who was represented by solicitors to recover £2,000 after he was randomly attacked in the street and who was unable to work as a self-employed person for a month said in response to the proposed government proposals “I think it’s completely unfair. Cases like my own are perfectly justified to receive compensation. It makes a massive difference.”