The Victims' Payments Regulations 2020 were laid before Parliament on 31 January 2020. The Scheme established by the regulations is known as the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme.
The regulations cover a range of matters pertaining to the Scheme, including:-
- Establishment and functions of the Victims’ Payments Board (Part 2 and Schedule 1)
- Entitlement to victims’ payments (Part 3)
- Determination of entitlement (Part 4)
- Payments (Part 5)
- Information and disclosure (Part 6)
- Appeal, further assessment and review (Part 7)
The Executive Office (TEO) is responsible for taking forward the implementation of the Victims’ Payments Regulations 2020 and, on the 24 August 2020, TEO designated the Department of Justice (DoJ) to exercise the administrative functions of the Victims’ Payments Board on the Board’s behalf.
The Victims’ Payments Board was established in February 2021. The purpose of the Board is to determine applications under the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme. Eligibility will be assessed by the Victims’ Payments Board under the requirements of the Scheme.
The following legislative amendments have been applied to the above regulations:-