Compensation scheme for Savile victims sanctioned

Jimmy Savile
Jimmy Savile

A compensation scheme for victims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile has been sanctioned by the Court of Appeal today (Tuesday).

Under the scheme victims can make claims for up to £60,000 against either the Savile estate, the BBC or the NHS.

Although the scheme was approved by the High Court earlier this year the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust, a beneficiary of his estate, argued it would not able to weed out fake claims and too much money would go to lawyers acting on behalf of alleged victims.

However appeal judges dismissed the challenge.

More than 200 people, including several people who allege they were abused at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, have now made claims according to lawyers.