MSP welcomes historic child abuse inquiry

MSP Alex Fergusson

MSP Alex Fergusson

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Galloway MSP Alex Fergusson has welcomed an announcement by the Scottish Government that an inquiry is to be held into historic abuse of children in institutional care.

Speaking after the announcement was made in Holyrood Mr Fergusson said: “This is something I have supported for many years and I am delighted at the Scottish Government’s announcement. Like every other MSP, I have constituents whose tales of the lifelong effects of the abuse they received as children in care would break the hardest of hearts and, if this inquiry does its job, there is now the prospect of a measure of closure for them.

“I also welcome the announcement that a Bill will be introduced to do away with the time bar that has prevented too many victims seeking compensation through the civil courts and the establishment of a support fund of some £14 million over five years to provide individually designed support plans for those who might benefit from them.

“It has taken too many years to get to this position, but this announcement of an inquiry, which will be fully independent of Government, the removal of the ‘time bar’ and the individual support measures that will be put in place all represent a huge stride in the right direction”.