Victims of one of Britain’s worst child abuse scandals claim they are being driven to suicide by a compensation scheme that makes them relive their trauma.
And one has accused the project of being racist as the all-black home she lived at in the 1970s is not included.
Lambeth council has paid out £30million from what was billed a “swift and compassionate” redress scheme set up in 2017.
But the average time to complete the process is 18 months. One victim, Jason McKenzie, 41, killed himself while waiting.
His brother, who did not want to be named, said: “It was 100% the Lambeth redress scheme that caused his death.
“Before it was brought up he was happy.”
A mum, now 59, was raped by staff at an all-black Brixton home, which was excluded from the scheme. She said: “It is obvious racism.”
Another victim, Judy Jessup, 56, added: “The scheme has made things worse.” James Kenny, 40, said the wait left him feeling suicidal. Liz McCourt’s brother James killed himself after reliving the trauma.
She said: “It was horrible.” Cuthbert Prospere, 57, was abused at the Shirley Oaks home near Croydon, South London.
He said of the scheme: “You have to open up places you haven’t been to for a long time.”
The scheme was launched after a Shirley Oaks Survivors’ Association probe, led by Raymond Stevenson and Lucia Hinton.
Lambeth council refused to reveal how many cases have been finalised so far but said “feedback sessions are being run with survivors to get their views on the scheme”.