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London Bombings

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of each payment which (a) has been made and (b) is planned by the Government to (i) survivors and (ii) families of those affected by the London bombings on 7 July 2005; and to whom each payment was made. (76981)

Applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) are confidential as between the claimant and the Authority and no details of a claim can be released to any third party without the consent of the claimant.

CICA are, however, able to provide some details of claims lodged and payments made provided this does not enable individual claimants to be identified.

On this basis, information about numbers of final awards offered and accepted up to 30 June is given in the following table. This shows the tariff level for the main injury suffered.

Some of the award recipients may have received compensation over and above the tariff level indicated because they received tariff compensation for a second or third injury under the serious multiple injury formula, and/or additional compensation for loss of earnings and special expenses.

A number of substantial interim awards have also been made to seriously injured victims where the final prognosis for recovery is unclear and where CICA still have to make a final assessment of a claim for financial loss.

Many victims will also have received substantial payments from the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund, to which the Government donated a further £2.5 million in June 2006. Payments from the Fund, in the form of charitable grants, are made at the discretion of the Fund’s trustees.

London Bombings—Final awards offered and accepted (to 30 June 2006)

Tariff band/level

Tariff amount (£)

Number of final awards offered and accepted

1

1,000

79

2

1,250

11

3

1,500

3

4

1,750

4

5

2,000

4

6

2,500

10

7

3,300

5

8

3,800

6

9

4,400

27

10

5,500

49

12

8,200

13

13

11,000

2

15

16,500

3

17

22,000

1

Total

217