We are pleased to announce that TEO ministers have approved the re-opening of the Bereaved Self Directed Assistance Payments scheme with effect from 1 April 2021.
This scheme will be open to bereaved individuals who were not registered with VSS by 31 March 2017 and, therefore, are not already in receipt of this payment from VSS. The scheme applies to individuals bereaved of a parent, spouse/partner, and/or a child. These victims and survivors will now be eligible to receive a payment within the 2021/22 Financial Year (and any subsequent years subject to the scheme remaining operational and eligibility criteria unchanged). This is a new policy direction. Payments will therefore not be made retrospectively for previous financial years (2017-2020).
In line with the existing scheme, individuals bereaved of a parent, spouse/partner, and/or child will receive a payment of £500. Individuals bereaved of a spouse/partner or bereaved of both parents will receive an additional needs based payment of £500.
To apply to the scheme, you can:
- complete the Application Form and submit along with the required supporting documentation
- Access support to complete your application and gather the required documentation through the HWB Caseworker network. This will also provide an opportunity to consider the wider Health and Wellbeing needs and provide information on the existing support available.
We really encourage option b) to remove the burden from victims and survivors of needing to access and submit sensitive supporting documentation.
Completed application forms and all required supporting information should be submitted using the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application forms can also be submitted by post. However, please be advised that due to the current restrictions regarding Covid-19 and the working arrangements in place, this may take longer to process. Information sent by post should be addressed to: Victims & Survivors Service, 1st Floor Seatem House, 28-32 Alfred Street, Belfast BT2 8EN.
Should you have any queries around any of the information provided, please contact us on 028 90 279 100 or by e-mail using email@example.com and one of the Health and Wellbeing Team will be able to assist you.