02 May 2018
South Belfast MP Emma Little Pengelly has presented a 10 Minute Rule Bill in Parliament tomorrow focusing on the needs of victims of terrorism.
The Victims of Terrorism (Pensions and Other Support) Bill calls on the government to set up a comprehensive review of support for UK victims of terrorism, including the proposal of bringing forward a special pension for those severely injured as a result of a terrorist attack.
Speaking after it was presented to Parliament the DUP MP said, “When a terrorist attack happens, it rightly unites our nation in shared revulsion and condemnation. Yet the headlines fade and the world, it seems, moves on. Yet for many victims, their journey is only starting and for others the mental health pressures of the trauma may take years to manifest itself.
Whilst Northern Ireland has been disproportionately impacted, these violent attacks have occurred right across the UK and the threat remains today.
It is right and proper that victims needs are addressed and the government should review the services available. That includes the needs of the bereaved, mental health support and particularly the needs of the physically injured including the proposal for a special pension for the severely disabled.
I hope the Government will listen and respond to the calls for a comprehensive review of support for victims of terrorism and there will be support for this call for compassion and action to support victims from right across the country to get the help and support they need.”