‘British government has responsibility to implement victims’ pension’ -McCartney

The British government has a legal and financial responsibility to implement a pension for those who were severely and permanently injured as a result of the conflict here, Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney  has said.

The party’s Justice  spokesperson was commenting after the Victims’ Commissioner published advice on the urgent need to implement a pension and recommended it be paid in a tiered approach according to the severity of injury. The Commissioner also called for payments to be backdated to the December 2014 Stormont House Agreement.

“I welcome the advice of the Victims’ Commissioner to implement a pension for the most severely and permanently injured as a result of the conflict,” the Foyle  MLA said.

“This is required so that those injured as a result of the conflict can live their lives in a dignified manner and to help ease the financial burden on them and their families.

“It is Sinn Féin’s view that the provision of a pension for all seriously physically and psychologically injured should be provided immediately.

“The Stormont House Agreement endorsed by the parties and both governments clearly sets out an agreed framework to deliver truth and justice for all victims and survivors.

“The British government should stop stalling the implementation of that agreement and also uphold its legal and financial responsibility to implement a pension for the most severely and permanently injured as a result of the conflict.”

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