Apparently an MoJ spokesman has said funding allocations will be released “imminently”. Will they be accurate, or will they be more like the figures pushed out by its divorce settlement calculator?
Meanwhile, Labour former DPP Keir Starmer’s Victims of Crime Bill has its second reading soon, proposing a framework for victims’ services and a legally enforceable code for victims, including the right to question the CPS on a decision not to pursue a case.
Which seems preferable?
The most vulnerable victims of violent crimes, including abused women and refugees, are being put at a greater risk over uncertainty in funding to frontline services, officials have warned in a letter to the government.
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) from across England have called on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to provide urgent clarification of the grants available to victims’ services.
There have been repeated calls for clarifications, sometimes on a daily basis, put to the MoJ from PCCs, about the issue of victim support funding – which has become a matter of urgency as many contracts come to an end in March.
Vera Baird, PCC for Northumbria and chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Supporting Victims Group, said: “Despite repeated requests to the Ministry of Justice, police and crime commissioners are still in the dark about how much money we will have to support victims of crime and vulnerable people.
“Putting victims first is at the heart of everything we do. The uncertainty created by this delay means that help and support for victims and vulnerable people may not be available in some areas, putting people at greater risk.”
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