The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills launched the new Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme on 31 July 2009. The scheme is now closed for applications.
The Parliamentary Ombudsman’s report on the investigation into the Icelandic-Water Trawlermen Compensation Scheme 2009 found maladministration by the department. The report recommended that the department apologise and pay all 2009 scheme applicants £1,000, except where any of the following applied:
- new claimants to the 2009 scheme didn’t provide information relating to Icelandic waters fishing when the department asked for it
- the claimant had finished fishing in Icelandic waters before 1 January 1974
- the claimant had been paid the maximum £20,000 maximum under earlier schemes
- claimants were personal representatives or executors of a deceased former trawlermen who didn’t provide evidence required by the department of their status (eg a letter of administration’ or grant of probate)