Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Thursday, March 25, 1999 Published at 23:00 GMT


UK

'Fairer deal' for crime victims

Rape victims are set to get more compensation

People infected by HIV as a result of sex attacks could receive up to 25,000 as part of an overhaul of the way victims of crime are compensated.

Changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme would also introduce payments for rape victims infected with other sexually-transmitted diseases or left pregnant by the attack.


[ image: Jack Straw's shake-up comes after criticism]
Jack Straw's shake-up comes after criticism
The Home Office is proposing the maximum payments for male or female rape victims infected with HIV, while victims permanently affected by another sexually transmitted disease could claim up to 15,000.

Those temporarily affected would be eligible for up to 10,000.

Under the current scheme now under review, such victims would be entitled to payments of between 1,000 and 20,000, depending on how long the illness lasted.

The proposals also include a 12,500 sum for women made pregnant by a rapist.

The changes are among several amendments being suggested by the government in the wake of controversy over the amounts of compensation paid to victims of crime.

Home Secretary Jack Straw said the 200m-a-year scheme could never make up for people's experiences and stressed he was not proposing to free up more cash for the scheme.

But he said changes by lowering some awards, raising others, adding new categories or allowing for inflation could produce a better deal for victims.

The present scheme was introduced in 1990.

Payments range from 1,000 for an injury such as whiplash to up to 250,000 for permanent brain damage or total paralysis.

Mr Straw promised to review the tariff following an outcry over what were seen as inappropriately small payouts to an Austrian tourist gang-raped and left for dead in London, and one of the young victims of a machete attack at a primary school in Wolverhampton.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage |


UK Contents

Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales
England
In this section

Next steps for peace

Blairs' surprise over baby

Bowled over by Lord's

Beef row 'compromise' under fire

Hamilton 'would sell mother'

Industry misses new trains target

From Sport
Quins fightback shocks Cardiff

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

IRA ceasefire challenge rejected

Thousands celebrate Asian culture

From Sport
Christie could get two-year ban

From Entertainment
Colleagues remember Compo

Mother pleads for baby's return

Toys withdrawn in E.coli health scare

From Health
Nurses role set to expand

Israeli PM's plane in accident

More lottery cash for grassroots

Pro-lifers plan shock launch

Double killer gets life

From Health
Cold 'cure' comes one step closer

From UK Politics
Straw on trial over jury reform

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Ex-spy stays out in the cold

From UK Politics
Blair warns Livingstone

From Health
Smear equipment `misses cancers'

From Entertainment
Boyzone star gets in Christmas spirit

Fake bubbly warning

Murder jury hears dead girl's diary

From UK Politics
Germ warfare fiasco revealed

Blair babe triggers tabloid frenzy

Tourists shot by mistake

A new look for News Online