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More than 70 survivors of abuse in care who are elderly or terminally ill have been awarded £10,000 compensation by the Scottish government. The redress scheme began in April and is open to people with a terminal illness or are over the age of 70. It has been introduced ahead of a wider compensation payment plan for abuse survivors that is due to open in 2021. There had been concerns that some survivors would not survive until then because of their age or health. A total of 71 payments have been approved over the last seven weeks and a further 52 are being considered. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the payments were to "recognise the harm done to children who were abused while in care". Full story

16 June