Review of the hardship fund

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Date of publication
1 June 2014
Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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The hardship Fund seeks to ease the immediate hardship endured by very low paid victims of violent crime in England and Wales who have no recourse to other sources of financial assistance. It intends to provide temporary financial support for victims with less serious injuries who are temporarily unable to work. It provides financial support from the fourth to the 28th day of absence, provided the applicant has been temporarily unfit for work for a period of 7 consecutive days.

This review of the Fund aims to assess whether the aims of the policy are being achieved and is based on qualitative feedback from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (the Authority) and Victim Support. The review is assessed against the following three criteria: whether the Fund is targeted at the right victims; whether the Fund eases the hardship of very low paid victims of violent crime; and whether the Fund works efficiently and effectively and delivers within budget.

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