The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a state funded scheme to compensate people who have been the innocent victims of a criminal assault and have suffered injury.

The victims of crime have were able to recover compensation calculated by tariffs ranging from £1000 to £500,000 provided they satisfied eligibility requirements. Under the new scheme which came out on the 29 November 2012 some victims who suffer minor injuries are now excluded.

The Government has launched a Hardship Fund for victims who are now excluded. Only people who have been unable to work for a period of seven days because of a violent crime will be able to apply. The payment will operate in a similar way to Statutory Sick Pay in that it will not cover the first three days of absence from work. The maximum payment is capped at £306.61 and you must be earning less then £107 per week.