Thanks for replying, Boatyboy. It is interesting to note how, with the exception of your response, everything goes deadly quiet when one tries to focus on the needs of the victims themselves, rather than on the wider political slanging match about whether certain political personalities and their supporters are right or wrong to accuse other political personalities and their supporters of being involved in a cover-up, or whatever. It is so small-minded and selfish. If any of these people actually cared as much for the victims as they do for their chances of election/re-election in 2014 then surely they would be actively lobbying to get this restriction removed so the dead can be compensated too?
I know of people, now dead, who led tragic lives after growing up in Jersey care homes during the 1940's. They grew up to be dishonest, went on to become alcoholics and lost touch with their original families due to their lifestyles and reckless behaviour. They died young. The question that has to be asked is whether the care system played a part in how bad they turned out, or whether they would have turned out bad anyway, but to me, the evidence against the care system looks quite damning. What I don't know is whether any such individuals ever claimed to have actually been abused while in care. If they did and credible evidence still exists, then their next of kin should not be prevented from claiming compensation just because it took the States so many decades to start a proper investigation that many have subsequently died.