THE heartbroken mum of the Manchester bombing's youngest victim has slammed the government's £11,000 compensation offer.
Saffie Roussos, eight, was among 22 people who died in the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.
Saffie, from Leyland, Lancashire, was at the concert with her mother and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, when suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a device in the arena’s foyer.
Her parents Lisa and Andrew Roussos, who are launching a charity to help support families affected by terror attacks, said they felt let down by the government's response to the tragedy.
Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Roussos said: “We were offered £5,500 each for Saffie's death.
“It’s a complete insult.”
Mrs Roussos, 50, was left in a six-week coma before waking up to find out her daughter was dead.
A doctor warned her husband Andrew, 44, there was only a 20 percent chance his wife would make it.
We were offered £5,500 each for Saffie's death. It’s a complete insult
She not only survived, but also overcame an 85 per chance of being paralysed from the neck down from 177 shrapnel wounds.
Injured victims, or the families of those killed in the attack, could apply for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
But Mr Roussos said £11,000 for Saffie’s death was the “maximum” compensation offer.
'THERE'S NO HELP'
“A charity needs to be there to help the victims of terrorism,” he added.
“There’s no help.”
The couple said they felt “stuck in 2017” and had struggled to come to terms with Saffie’s loss.
After being discharged from hospital, Lisa began building up the strength and courage to begin to walk again.
Two years on, she is now taking part in part in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday to launch charity MCR 22 to support families affected by terror attacks.
The Ministry of Justice has been approached for a comment on the compensation paid out by CICA.
Bereaved families, injured victims and those suffering psychological trauma also received money donated by members of the public.
Payments from the We Love Manchester fund, set up in the wake of the attack, were separate to the government’s compensation scheme, with more than £20m handed out by the end of 2018.
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