Victim Support Schemes

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has received on the future funding of victim support services.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

This Government is committed to ensuring that victims of crime have access to high-quality, effective and timely support to help them cope and, as far as possible, recover from the effects of crime. We have made more money than ever before available for this purpose, increasing the contribution offenders make to the costs of providing support and almost doubling the budget in previous years from £50m to £100m.

Locally accountable Police and Crime Commissioners are now responsible for the provision of support services in their areas and PCCs will receive the bulk of the available funding with which to do so – at least £60.8m in 2015/16.

Ministers and officials regularly receive correspondence and representations on the funding of victims’ services.

There have also been a small number of individual representations from organisations on funding which are currently being considered by the Ministry of Justice.

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