Riot Compensation Promises & Milly Dowler Killer to Claim for Injuries [11th Aug 2011]
Homeowners and businesses affected by the riots which have taken place this week all over the UK have been reassured by The Association of British Insurers that their claims for compensation will be paid and that the Home Secretary has agreed to extend the claim period to 42 days. The police compensation scheme is designed to cover homeowners and business owners for any damage which occurs during a riot. There is no cap on the amount which this scheme, known as the Riot Damages Act, will pay out. In addition, insurers can also be compensated for any insurance claims they pay out as a result. Usually these claims need to be made within 14 days of the riot taking place, however the ABI has met with the government to ask for an extension to this time as it may take much longer for people to assess the damage and losses which have been caused. This request was granted. Insurance companies have also suggested that their customers contact them as soon as possible to start discussing their claim.
The Prime Minster David Cameron has confirmed this week that the government will be setting up a £20 million high street support scheme to help compensate victims of this weeks riots. This money will be paid to police forces for them to use as part of their riot compensation scheme. The government has also said that planning restrictions will be lifted to allow businesses to make their shops more secure. This may include lifting any bans on shutters. In addition the government will enable local authorities to grant a rate relief to businesses by funding three quarters of the cost.
A cyclist who was injured in a hit and run has received a letter from the driver who has admitted her fault. Based on this evidence Peter Vaughan is to claim compensation for the injuries he suffered which included multiple fracture, kidney damage and a fractured skull. After nine months Mr Vaughan is still confined to crutches. He has to attend regular physiotherapy sessions and has been operated on. He says he used to enjoy walking and DIY but can no longer pursue these hobbies. His solicitor has commented that he needs the money to access the highest levels of care and rehabilitation.
Levi Bellfield, the killer of Milly Dowler and two other women is to claim compensation for injuries he received when he was attacked while in prison. His lawyers are saying he received facial injuries at Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire. The attack occurred before his trial for the murder of Milly Dowler. The prison service has admitted liability, but say they are yet to receive a claim from Bellfield's lawyers. It has been pointed out by a spokesperson from the prison service that an admission of guilt does not mean compensation will be paid. Bellfield's lawyers are saying he was placed in a wing of the prison which was unsuitable for his category, which is a breach of his duty of care. They add that any UK citizen has the right to seek compensation if they are injured when it wasn't their fault.
36 former residents of a Jersey children's home are saying they will seek compensation for the abuse they suffered from the the courts if The States of Jersey do not offer compensation soon. The residents of Haut de la Garenne are represented by a UK law firm who say they are not prepared to wait much longer even though the process of going through the courts will be lengthy and costly. The States of Jersey have sad they are working on a deal and have been for some time. They expect to be able to make a statement on the matter in a few weeks. The victims received an apology for the abuse in December 2010 at the time of an investigation. They first started their fight for compensation in January of this year.
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