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PCC victim services budget protected for 2016/17

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Victims’ services commissioning budgets will be protected for 2016/17 according to a letter addressed to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) from Mike Penning MP, Minister of State for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims.

The news has been welcomed by Avon and Somerset PCC Sue Mountstevens who will retain a £1.8 million victim services commissioning budget.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted that the Ministry of Justice have recognised the importance of commissioning local victim services and as such have protected the total budget for victims’ services across the Spending Review Period.  Despite the allocation only being for one year, there is a commitment to a longer term settlement from 2017/18 onwards.

“Putting victims first is a policing priority in Avon and Somerset and over the past three years I have focused on commissioning tailored support services to help victims of crime and anti-social behaviour.  It is great to be able to reassure our victim service providers that the invaluable help they are providing the most vulnerable members of our community is secure for another year.”

Victim service providers in Avon and Somerset, who will continue to be supported by the funding include:

  • Lighthouse Integrated Victim Care who offer a bespoke service to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) who are vulnerable, intimidated and persistently targeted;
  • A specialist support service provided by Victim Support and who provide emotional and practical support for victims of crime and ASB;
  • AVoice - a specialist advocacy support service for victims who require enhanced support relating to mental health, learning difficulties, physical disabilities and problems associated with isolation, race, religion or sexuality;
  • Young Victims’ Service - a young victims advocacy service for victims of crime and ASB up to the age of 18 and victims aged 18-25 where additional needs are identified;
  • An Independent Sexual Violence Advisors service who provide specialist advocacy support for victims of rape and sexual assault;
  • A modern slavery support service focusing on the needs of victims of modern slavery.

For more information on all the commissioned victim services in Avon and Somerset visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Victim-Commissioning.aspx

Sue Mountstevens continued: “Tackling domestic and sexual violence is also a priority in Avon and Somerset and it is clear from the Government’s securing of funding for sexual violence support services that it is also a national priority.  The commitment to national and local streams of funding will continue to make such a difference to victims of this terrible crime.”

A breakdown of the funding for Avon and Somerset can be seen here:

PCC Area

Victims’ Services

CSA indicative spend

Total allocation

Avon and Somerset

£1,810,409.18

£134,871.61

£1,945,280.79

Posted on Friday 22nd January 2016
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