The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority exist to make redress to innocent victims of crime who have become injured due to a criminal act (usually an assault).
Since the scheme was launched, no win no fee compensation lawyers have been helping victims obtain compensation from the authority.
The process is often difficult and the guidance of specialist no win no fee lawyers is invaluable in helping deserving victims in obtaining compensation in situations where there would be little point in suing their attacker or the identity of their attacker is unknown.
The government has announced plans for stricter guidelines for who is able to claim compensation under the CICA scheme.
The reforms include stopping payments of compensation to anyone who holds a criminal record for any previous offences.
The amount of compensation is also being slashed. Sometimes by amounts of up to 25%.
The government face opposition in relation to the cuts from back benchers and lobbying groups (supported by no win no fee compensation Solicitors) who say that the payouts to victims are already too small.