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Criminal injury pay-outs down

THE surge in compensation relating to July 12 violence contrasts with an overall decrease in criminal injury pay-outs.

Almost £43 million has been paid out to more than 8,400 people injured as a result of criminal acts across Northern Ireland since 2010.

The figure has decreased year-on-year from £12.3m in 2010/11 to £11.1m last year - a drop of almost 10 per cent.

By contrast, compensation paid out over the Twelfth has more than quadrupled in two years.

Pay-outs during the 2013/14 financial year are also on course to hit a new annual low with only £7.5m worth of claims so far.

The Northern Ireland criminal injuries compensation scheme is a tariff-based system. Claimants can apply to receive compensation payments for mental or physical personal injury, the death of a relative, or loss of earnings.

In October The Irish News revealed that £16.47m in compensation has been awarded since 2003/04 upon appeal to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel.

The panel reviews decisions on whether victims of violent crimes or their families are eligible to receive compensation.

It came under political scrutiny in August after it emerged that compensation was given to relatives of Real IRA man Kieran Doherty (31), who was shot dead in Derry in 2010.

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