Victim Support Schemes

Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

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.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

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.

Total allocation
£
Police force areas1 2014-15 2015-16
Avon and Somerset 863,000 1,736,000
Bedfordshire 334,000 671,000
Cambridgeshire 435,000 875,000
Cheshire 551,000 1,108,000
Cleveland 298,000 600,000
Cumbria 266,000 536,000
Derbyshire 547,000 1,100,000
Devon and Cornwall 899,000 1,808,000
Dorset 401,000 806,000
Durham 331,000 665,000
Dyfed-Powys 276,000 554,000
Essex 930,000 1,871,000
Gloucestershire 322,000 647,000
Greater Manchester 1,445,000 2,904,000
Gwent 309,000 621,000
Hampshire 1,024,000 2,058,000
Hertfordshire 603,000 1,213,000
Humberside 492,000 990,000
Kent 934,000 1,879,000
Lancashire 783,000 1,575,000
Leicestershire 548,000 1,102,000
Lincolnshire 384,000 772,000
Merseyside 740,000 1,489,000
MOPAC/City 4,442,000 8,929,000
Norfolk 462,000 930,000
North Wales 369,000 742,000
North Yorkshire 429,000 862,000
Northamptonshire 374,000 752,000
Northumbria 761,000 1,530,000
Nottinghamshire 587,000 1,181,000
South Wales 689,000 1,385,000
South Yorkshire 723,000 1,453,000
Staffordshire 589,000 1,184,000
Suffolk 391,000 787,000
Surrey 611,000 1,229,000
Sussex 867,000 1,743,000
Thames Valley 1,227,000 2,467,000
Warwickshire 293,000 588,000
West Mercia 657,000 1,321,000
West Midlands 1,477,000 2,969,000
West Yorkshire 1,198,000 2,408,000
Wiltshire 368,000 740,000
Totals 30,250,000 60,800,000
1 These figures are indicative and rounded down to the nearest thousand.

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