Sarah Champion Campaigns to Reform Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
You may be aware of my campaign to reform the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which awards compensation to victims.
The culture of CICA is fundamentally flawed. Rather than seeing themselves as a service to help victims rebuild their lives, CICA seem to believe their role should be one of suspicion towards the victims’ applications.
This has led to victims of child abuse being denied compensation on the grounds that they ‘consented’ with their own abuse, or ...because they lived in the same house as their abuser.
Clearly, this is unacceptable.
Recently I met with Secretary of State for Justice, David Lidington MP, to discuss a review of CICA. He appeared genuinely concerned over the failings of CICA but he is the one in the position to fix it.
It’s down to him to make CICA truly about the victims and to stop failing those that have already suffered far too much.