20 January 2010
Govt announces new compensation scheme for terrorist victims
A new initiative under which victims of terrorist attacks abroad will be able to claim compensation has been unveiled by the government.
Part of the Crime and Security Bill, the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme will enable such individuals to receive financial recompense as well as an expression of public sympathy.
It was announced by justice secretary Jack Straw, who pointed out that terrorist attacks are targeted at society as a whole.
The politician, who has been in his current role for over two years, added: "Therefore it is right that, as a tangible expression of sympathy, society should compensate the victims of terrorist attacks abroad in recognition of the injuries suffered."
It is hoped that the development will provide some "much needed" relief and recognition to victims, Mr Straw went on to state.
The initiative will apply to any terrorist act that takes place on or after January 18th 2010.