More than 200 payments have been made by the Scottish Government to survivors of historical abuse in care.
Under the Advanced Payment scheme, opened in April 2019, survivors of abuse in care aged 70 or over, and those who are terminally ill have been able to apply for a one off payment of £10,000 in advance of legislation required to establish a full financial redress scheme. The Scottish Government approved 202 applications, sent out more than 250 application packs and received 700 calls on a dedicated phone line set up to help survivors apply to the scheme.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
"I am pleased that over 200 people have applied for an advance payment. We continue to do everything possible to help survivors and their families apply to the scheme by ensuring a simple application process.
"This is part of a number of commitments to provide recognition of the harm done. That is why we will shortly consult on the detail of a statutory financial redress scheme so that legislation can be passed before the end of this Parliamentary term in March 2021. This is an important part of acknowledging what happened in the past to children in care in Scotland."