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 and, likewise, she has no power to award or be involved in the administration, decision making, or giving of advice in relation to redress payments. The Inquiry does not administer or operate Scotland’s redress scheme. The administration of the scheme is run by Scottish Government and Redress Scotland is responsible for making determinations in connection with applications to the redress scheme and advising Scottish Ministers of their determinations once made. The Inquiry is independent of both Scottish Government and Redress Scotland. Further information is available at Apply for Scotland's Redress Scheme - mygov.scot and Redress Scotland .
Individual claims for redress do not fall within the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference. This means that Lady Smith cannot share inquiry evidence that is not available on SCAI’s website, for redress purposes. She cannot share such evidence with Scottish Government or with Redress Scotland. This includes Inquiry statements.