A serious matter regarding London’s victim services funding
Responsibility for victims’ services will be devolved to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) from October 2014. The total pot for victims’ funding across the country will increase, but Government is allocating the funding based on population only (14.69% for London). While this will benefit areas outside London, this form of allocation ignores London’s higher crime rate and greater demand for victim services, and will result in a £3 million shortfall for victims’ services in London. As a result of the Government’s decision, London will receive just £1 in every £7 of victims funding, despite having 1 in 4 victims overall and many more in need of specialist support.
The Mayor, Boris Johnson, and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, are lobbying government to change their approach and give London a Capital City Uplift of £3m to enable MOPAC to commission services at a level commensurate with the rest of the country.
For more information and what you can do to support their efforts please see MOPAC’s briefing on funding for victims’ services in London here and a letter from Stephen Greenhalgh asking for your help here.