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July bomb victims get further 3m
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Hundreds of bomb survivors are suffering from lasting injuries
A further 3m donated by the public is to be given to victims of the July bombings in London.

The grants add to 7m already distributed to injured and bereaved people by the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund.

Those most seriously hurt will get an extra 44,000, bringing their total payout from the fund to 75,000.

The main source of compensation has been 15m from the government's Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Four suicide bombs were detonated on three tubes and a bus on 7 July, killing 52 commuters and injuring about 700.

It is simply intended to help people to rebuild their lives following the tragic events of July 7, whatever their needs may be.
London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund

The fund was established by London Mayor Ken Livingstone and the Red Cross to distribute donations from the public.

It expects to distribute a further 1.6m before finishing up in the first half of next year.

Bereaved families with two dependent children should now receive about 100,000 in total, a fund spokesman said.

The spokesman said: "The money from the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund cannot compensate the victims for what they have suffered.

"It is simply intended to help people to rebuild their lives following the tragic events of 7 July, whatever their needs may be."

Government criticised

Victims have demanded more compensation from the government, delivering a 10,000-signature petition to Downing Street in October.

Many said they had no financial help and described the government's compensation scheme as slow, inadequate and insulting.

The Home Office has said it would carry out a review of compensation for victims of attacks after the complaints.

Government rules mean bereaved families get 11,000 and the maximum for the seriously injured is 500,000.


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