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More dither and delay on victims of crime legislation

April 12, 2012 2:57 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking after news that the Scottish Government is going to consult on restitution orders as part of its delayed legislation on the victims of crime, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSP"People will wonder when we are going to see action from the Scottish Government to help victims of crime. All we have heard today is talk about talks.

"The Scottish Government has relegated their bill out of its programme for government since the election. People need to see a firm timetable to assure victims of crime that their interests are being taken seriously.

"Today's news that convicted criminals might have to pay to help the recovery of the police officers they have injured is a great idea.
"But when I asked the First Minister in the autumn about getting all those jailed for crime to contribute to victims he was very vague about the timing and didn't seem to know much about it.

"The Scottish Government could have had their victims' rights proposals in front of Parliament already but they have dithered and delayed.

"There have been 5,000 assaults on police officers in the last two years. I don't see why we have to wait for another two years for the law to be changed."