Citizens injured fighting crime will get more money under a compensation scheme which also ensures speedier payments to victims of violence. The Social Welfare Department said yesterday that relief funds would be awarded to victims who had been brave or civic-minded, and they would no longer have to be repaid. The 'heroes' would be recommended to the Security Branch to be considered for ex-gratia payments. The move results from a review of the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation scheme, after 39-year-old Yeung Hoi-keung was shot in the back and left paralysed after chasing a robber. Mr Yeung was awarded $797,260 by the court last year for the injuries he sustained in the incident in 1989. The amount was considered far less than he could have won through civil claims, and he was obliged to repay relief funds of more than $140,000. The Security Branch later awarded Mr Yeung a $6.07 million ex gratia payment, which covered the repayment. Social Welfare assistant director Rachel Cartland said that the policy of waiving repayments applied only to citizens who helped law enforcement. Other applicants would have to repay the funds after receiving compensation from other channels, and old cases would not be considered. 'These people can be helped in a number of ways,' Mrs Cartland said. 'If they cannot work after the injury, they could apply for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance.' Two committees on violent crimes and law enforcement will determine amounts to be awarded to the applicants. Social welfare officials faced criticism from the Ombudsman after one victim was found to have received half of the award funds - about $40,000 - five years after the incident. The delay was said to be caused by unresolved claims from Common Law Damages and Employees' Compensation. Mrs Cartland said that administrative procedures had been revised, allowing the release of entire sums without having to wait for the results of other claims. About 1,800 victims have received a total of $36 million in the past year. The highest amount awarded was $1.1 million, paid to a man injured in a police operation about two years ago.