To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding for victims support would be received by each police and crime commissioner if funding were to be allocated on a basis of population; and how much funding per victim this represents based on the number of reported crimes in each area in the last year for which figures are available.
Police and crime commissioners have been notified of indicative budgets for the commissioning of support services for victims of crime including Restorative Justice services, totalling £30,250,000 for 2014-15 and £60,800,000 for 2015-16. These figures represent more money than ever before being spent on support for victims of crime in England and Wales. The allocations for each police and crime commissioner (PCC) area are shown in the following table.
While it is possible to calculate funding per police recorded crime in each area, it is not appropriate to calculate a ‘spend/funding per victim’ figure for each area as we do not know from these data the true number of victims at area level or their distribution between areas.
Police recorded crime data can be influenced by area-level variations in both police recording practices and in reporting behaviour of victims.
Different crimes and different victims will likely require varying levels of support. It is crucial that services respond to individual need. Additionally, crimes recorded by the police are recorded against the location where the incident took place. This is not necessarily where the victim lives and where they will likely seek the support of victims’ services. One of the reasons we are moving to a local commissioning model is to allow police and crime commissioners to provide a service which is tailored to their local community’s needs.
|Police force areas1||2014-15||2015-16|
|Avon and Somerset||863,000||1,736,000|
|Devon and Cornwall||899,000||1,808,000|
|1 These figures are indicative and rounded down to the nearest thousand.|