More than £90,000 of extra funding is being made available to protect and support vulnerable victims of crime in Nottinghamshire from April, it has been revealed.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has received confirmation from the Ministry of Justice that Nottinghamshire will received a total grant of £1,318,659 to support victims of crime in 2016-17.
The figure includes a funding increase of £91,883.47 – the majority of which represents Nottinghamshire’s share of a national pot set aside to support victims of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). Although PCCs have previously received a small amount (£26,226 in 2015/6) of ring fenced funding to support victims of domestic and sexual abuse, this is the first time PCCs have received dedicated funding for CSA services. The additional funding is in recognition of increasing demand in this area.
The announcement comes after growing pressure from PCCs for the Ministry of Justice to end delays on the clarification of the funding allowance for victims of crime to enable them to commission vital services.
With many contracts due to come to an end in March, many police and crime commissioners feared the loss of specialist help services to support vulnerable people without certainty over future funding.
Mr Tipping said: “I’m pleased PCCs have finally received clarification on the funding settlement for victims’ of crime this year and welcome the Ministry of Justice’s intentions to provide us with a longer-term indication of funding allocations from 2017-18 onwards. PCCs are dependent on this information to make decisions for the wellbeing of victims across their areas and to keep services running to a level where they can continue to deliver vital help.
“The increase in funding for CSA services is good news for Nottinghamshire and will allow us to expand the support currently available to help more people cope and recover from their experiences. It also shows the Government’s increasing confidence that PCCs are best-placed to make decisions on what services are required locally.
“Victims of crime deserve the very best response and I’m committed to making sure they receive it. Many organisations and charities are working together to improve the support they can offer to people whose lives have been devastated by crime and this funding will ensure we can continue to build on this good work.”
Previously, PCCs received an indicative amount of funding for victim-initiated Restorative Justice (RJ) as part of their victims’ services grant. This RJ funding is still included within the grant but PCCs may now use it more flexibly to support victims.
Victims’ services funding is allocated to PCCs based on area population and fluctuates depending on growth. Nottinghamshire’s share of the grant is 1.94% which is the same as 2015-16.
The Ministry of Justice has told PCCs that it has protected the total national victims’ services budget for the lifetime of the Comprehensive Spending Review which is until 2019/20.
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Posted on Wednesday 27th January 2016