Reason for award

Py made this Freedom of Information request to Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

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Dear Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority,

In 2005 you awarded £13,500 to Ms Hollie Greig in relation to a sexual abuse claim. There was no prosecution and currently there are 2 pieces of medical evidence in the public domain that state there was no signs of abuse.

Why then was this payment made?

Yours faithfully,

Ms Crane.

CSC Callback, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Dear Ms Cane,

The Authority does not comment on individual cases. Should you feel that it is vital you know this information then please submit a subject access request in writing to the CICA and send along with it a £10 fee, once we have received this, we will consider your request, however I think it unlikely this information would be released. Not because of who it relates to but because it is information that know one other than the applicant and ourselves need to know .

Kind regards

Customer Service Centre
DE01

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Dear CSC Callback,

As Government has no money other that what it collects in taxes and borrows from the BoE (which we ultimately pay back) this then is public money. Is it no my right to understand if it is used correctly?

I am not enquiring on any private issues of the applicant, i am simply enquiring on the reason the authority decided to give the applicant public funds.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Crane

CSC Callback, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Dear Ms Crane,

The subject you are enquiring on is most certainly a private issue for the applicant. Our decisions whether to award compensation are based upon evidence gathered on the index incident including medical reports, police reports, and photographic evidence.

This often includes data which relates not only to the applicant but to alleged assailants, witnesses and professionals asked to comment on various aspects of the case. This type of data is clearly of a sensitive nature and the Authority has a responsibility to protect this information, and we are bound to do so under the Data Protection Act 1998.

To comment on the reasons an award has or has not been made would require reference to this sensitive data and is therefore inappropriate.

Regards,

Dom Boyle
CICA Customer Service Centre

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Dear Dom Boyle,

From your reply i take it than that you decided to pay compensation to this applicant based on this "sensitive" date? (evidence)

Notwithstanding your responsibility to use public money correctly, might i enquire why no charges have been brought against anyone in this case?

As i am sure you understand, in this day and age where even the police are selling our information for profit, corruption is everywhere.

The fact remains that you have paid public money to the applicant and no charges have ever been brought.

Whilst i understand the sensitive nature of this case (although there from what i have seen most of the evidence is in the public domain), this requires an explanation.

What distinction has to be made when it comes to releasing inappropriate information and ensuring that public funds are PROVED to be used correctly when requested to do so?

Or are we supposed to take your word for it?

Yours sincerely,

Ms Crane

Nicole Girvan, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Dear Mr Py

 

Thank you for your email of 8 April and subsequent requests for
information where you requested information about a claim we may have for
a Hollie Greig and the decision made on any such claim.  Your request has
been passed to me to be handled under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

The Authority neither confirms nor denies that it holds information
falling within the description specified in your request. The duty in
Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by
virtue of Section 40 of the Act. This information is exempt under Section
40 (personal information) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as the
information constitutes third party data. Section 40(2) provides that
personal data about third parties is exempt information if one of the
conditions set out in Section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOI Act
disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle
contained in the Data Protection Act (DPA), where it would be unfair to
that person. You should not take this as an indication that the
information you requested is or is not held by the Authority.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to: Wendy McDonald, CICA, Tay
House, 300 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4LN.

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Nicole Girvan

 

 

 

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Dear Nicole Girvan,

My name is not Mr Py! That is my email address.

My name is Ms Crane.

I hope you pay closer attention to your other paperwork!!

Whilst i understand the technicality, that still leaves a responsibility for you to assure me my money is wisely spent!

How then do you propose to do that?

Yours sincerely,

Ms Crane

Dear Nicole Girvan,

You still have not replied and i am becoming very concerned that CICA is corrupt!

A friend of mine has recently related her experience with CICA.

Mary ******
I know as a fact on the cica, if your accused is found not guilty, by the courts you as a "victim" can still claim the cica, all you need is a criminal reference number, the police send over the files they have and then they issue a payment. Takes on average 6 months, they state that the payment is not a sign of guilt on behalf of the accused and should not be taken this way. I know i received a payment from them. Although one of my accused is serving a prison term. I know of a close friend who went through the court and her accused was found not guilty but she still received payment.

Then i have come across the following articles.

http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/...

http://www.topix.com/forum/uk/basildon/T...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

It would appear that CICA is actually an ATM machine for anyone that makes a claim!

It's not about guilt...simply get a crime number and get your payout!!

Once again i would like to remind you that you have a responsibility to PROVE you are spending public money wisely, and so far you have failed to do that.

In this case, the PCCS (Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland) report stated that the police forensic evidence showed no signs of abuse. Other medical evidence that is also freely available on the net states that upon examination this young lady showed no signs of "inappropriate sexual experiences."

The only evidence in this case was the mother of a disabled child was screaming that her daughter had been raped. It has been established that at the time she was suffering from mental health problems and the victim was described in the PCCS report as not credible.

For the life of me i cannot see why CICA paid out!!!

But then it seems there are many of these such cases.

When you cannot even get my name right, is that surprising i wonder?

Yet it is obvious CICA is treating the public like a cash cow.

I think a public inquiry into your payment procedures is in order as due care and attention to how/why you pay seems to have been abandoned, if there ever was any in the first place.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Crane

Py left an annotation ()

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Mr Djanogly: The criminal injuries compensation scheme (the scheme), which is set by Parliament, compensates people based on the injuries they sustain not the crime of which they were a victim.

It's my understanding that the victim in this case had no injuries?

Again, the medical evidence confirms this including the police forensic evidence contained in the PCCS report.

Nicole Girvan, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Dear Ms Crane,

Under the Freedom of Information Act you have a right to request any recorded information held by a public authority. To answer the question you are now asking, how do we propose to assure you your money is wisely spent, would mean creating new information that is not already recorded. Under the Act we are not required to create new information, therefore this would be above and beyond our duties.

Our Annual Reports and Accounts are published annually and available to view online at http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/c..., you may find these useful.

Yours sincerely

Nicole Girvan
Communications Officer
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Tay House
300 Bath Street
Glasgow
G2 4LN
[T]0300 003 3601

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Dear Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority's handling of my FOI request 'Reason for award'.

Whilst i understand that some information may be sensitive, how can we the public be confident the IPCC are using public funds correctly.

In this case, there was no prosecution and in the following report from the PCCS the was no credibility given to the victim.

http://web.archive.org/web/2010082110292...

How in these circumstances can the public be assured that OUR money is being correctly appropriated?

Here is a history of such other inaccurate payments.

http://www.topix.com/forum/uk/basildon/T...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-l...

Yours faithfully,

Ms Crane.

Wendy McDonald, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Dear Ms Crane,

I acknowledge receipt of your email and your request for an internal
review.

I aim to respond to all requests within twenty working days.

As your initial request was made on the 21st of May, I shall respond on,
or prior to, the 20th June 2012.

Your patience with this matter is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards

Wendy McDonald

Ms McDonald
Legal Advisor

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Tay House | 300 Bath St |
Glasgow | G2 4LN
0141 331 5866 | [email address]

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Wendy McDonald, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

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Dear Ms Crane,
 
I refer to your previous request for an internal review and attach my
letter of response.
 
If you have an queries regarding the attached, please do not hesitate to
contact me.
 
Kind Regards
 
Wendy
 

Ms McDonald

Legal Advisor

 

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Tay House | 300 Bath St | Glasgow | G2 4LN

' 0141 331 5866 | 8 [email address]

 
 
 

 

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craig left an annotation ()

My brother was stabbed twice in the neck and kidney with near death consequences the cica offered 3500 how is this viable when people are slipping on water,falling of ladders and receiving 45 grand its disgusting.

Scott Thacker

craig left an annotation ()

My brother was stabbed twice in the neck and kidney with near death consequences the cica offered 3500 how is this viable when people are slipping on water,falling of ladders and receiving 45 grand its disgraceful.

Scott Thacker