In response to recent queries relating to redress, SCAI would like to clarify the following:
The Inquiries Act 2005 expressly prohibits the Chair from ruling on or awarding compensation. Likewise, she has no power to award redress payments under the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care)(Scotland) Act 2021, no power to support or assist those applying for redress payments, no power to be involved in decision making in relation to redress and no power to give advice in relation to redress.
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry therefore cannot perform any role in relation to any applications for redress.
The operation of the redress scheme is carried out by Scottish Government and Redress Scotland. Scottish Government is responsible for the administration of the scheme and Redress Scotland is responsible for making determinations in response to applications for redress scheme. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is wholly independent of both and is not able to have any involvement in the redress scheme.
Last updated on 06/12/22.