Big News for Manchester Victims' Next of Kin

Families of bombing victims will receive $321K each
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2017 11:07 AM CDT
Payouts Coming for Manchester Victims' Families
People stand next to flowers for the victims of the bombing in Manchester on May 26, 2017.   (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The families of the 22 people killed in the bombing at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester in May will each receive $321,000. The payments are made possible by the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which collected donations from the public following the terrorist attack, reports the Guardian. Some $2.6 million raised as part of Grande's benefit concert is also included. Each of the 57 people who spent at least seven nights in a hospital as a result of their injuries have already received approximately $77,000 each, while another 96 injured received $4,500 each. The fund is expected to total between $20.5 million and $22 million, with 5% going to cover the costs of administering it.

Officials are still determining how the remaining funds will be spent once all payouts have been made, reports TMZ. Discussions include whether to set aside additional funds for those with mental health issues, people who suffered life-changing injuries, or those who were discharged from the hospital quickly but had to return for surgeries, the chair of the fund says. "There are some gray areas," she tells the Guardian. Additional payments to victims are expected to come from the government's Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. A charity concert featuring Rick Astley, Noel Gallagher, and others—scheduled to take place when Manchester Arena reopens on Sept. 9—will raise money for a memorial honoring the victims, reports the BBC. (Read more Manchester stories.)

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