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The First Minister has welcomed the confirmation of an opening date for the Victims’ Payments Scheme.

She was speaking following the announcement by the President of the Victims’ Payments Board, Mr Justice McAlinden, of his intention to open the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payments Scheme for applications from 30 June 2021.

The First Minister Arlene Foster said: “It is encouraging that a date has now been set for the opening of the scheme. This is something that has been long-awaited by victims and survivors and all of us who support them.

“There is undoubtedly hard work ahead but we take heart from the progress made with both administrative arrangements and engagement as highlighted by Mr Justice McAlinden, President of the Victims’ Payments Board.

“We urge the Board to move with the greatest possible speed to provide both the recognition and payments that are rightfully owed.”