Roads: Accidents

Justice written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to provide face-to-face support to those who are bereaved or seriously injured in road accidents;

(2) how much funding he allocated to support victims of (a) burglary and (b) road accidents in the latest period for which figures are available;

(3) what assessment his Department has made of the recommendations by Brake on support for road crash victims.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

In each of the three years 2011-12 to 2013-14 the Ministry of Justice has allocated £125,000 to support victims of burglary and £277,606 to support those bereaved or injured by road traffic offending.

The funding in relation to road traffic offending goes to four organisations: the Road Victims Trust, Aftermath, Brake and Roadpeace. All except Brake provide face-to-face support.

Any victim of crime is also eligible to receive support from Victim Support which receives £38 million a year in grant funding from the Ministry of Justice.

In its response to the consultation ‘Getting it Right for Victims and Witnesses’ the Government committed to doing more for victims of road traffic offending and we will work with interested parties to identify and examine the options for doing so. The Government do not consider it feasible to extend coverage broadly to anyone bereaved through a road traffic accident or seriously injured by one.

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