The British Government announced on Saturday the establishment of a £55m (US$80.9m) trust fund to compensate the families of the victims of vCJD, the human variant of mad cow disease. The Department of Health (DoH) revealed that as well as providing for the settlement of compensation claims received from vCJD victims, the government will also now be able to provide each of the disease sufferers, or their families, with a one-off payment of £50,000.