A legal challenge to the ongoing failure to compensate survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland has been put back until later this year.

High Court proceedings in Belfast, aimed at compelling the Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley to implement the recommendations of an inquiry, in the absence of a Stormont Executive, were due to begin this week.

However, Mr Justice McCloskey has granted an application brought by Ms Bradley to adjourn proceedings amid steps to introduce legislation enabling civil servants in the North to take major decisions.

The judge rejected claims that his decision was an attempt to stymie legal action, and he said that if necessary, the case will resume no later than November.

The case was brought by victims of abuse in children’s homes across Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995.

The Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry concluded that victims should receive compensation ranging from £7,500 to £100,000.