Jul 29 2014

Bob Says: Additional Police Funding Welcomed

bob_blackmanHarrow East Member of Parliament Bob Blackman has welcomed the news that London has secured an additional £2.4million in funding to deliver improvements for services supporting victims of crime.

The funding, provided by the Ministry of Justice was confirmed last week by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh. London Members of Parliament, including Mr Blackman have been working hard to ensure that Londoners receive more assistance when coping with being victims of crime and this leadership and support has been acknowledged and praised by Mr Greenhalgh. As a result, the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) now has £6.7million to commission improved services for victims from October.

This funding is particularly welcome, following the publishing of the MOPAC commissioned report into reviewing Victim Services led by Baroness Newlove, which offered 13 recommendations for improvement. Additional finance is now be available to support these new initiatives, which will be seeking to create victim-centred approaches tailored to individuals affected by crime.

Speaking earlier today, Bob Blackman said: “This is excellent news that I am sure all my constituents will be pleased to hear. Crime across London is falling, but the police still receive over 50,000 victims of notifiable crimes every month, while Victim Support receives over 17,000 cases per month.

“In the past, the Ministry of Justice has used a population based formula to calculate amounts of funding which works reasonably well across the rest of the UK, but leaves Londoners seriously disadvantaged when seeking support after being victims of crime. I have been pressing hard for further resources to be made available to MOPAC to be able to do their job properly.

“Harrow is the second safest borough in the whole of London, but crime sadly still does exist and victims require an appropriate level of support in getting their lives back on track again. This is essential investment for helping those most in need in Harrow and I am pleased that MOPAC have been quick to acknowledge the role that MPs have played in securing this.”

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  1. sonoo malkani

    This is very welcome news and good to know that Bob Blackman has succeeded in securing this.Victims of Crime are of special interest with the formation of our Safer Neighbourhood Boards across London. MOPAC are committed to helping them far more actively than in years gone by,having listened to constant requests about this from Londoners.

    This additional funding will help go towards supporting the people who have suffered at the hands of criminals.and assisting in re-building their lives.Victim Support in Harrow will now be able to deliver an enhanced service for our citizens.Great news!

  2. PraxisReform

    Can we have some clarification here?

    Whilst any extra money for the borough is welcome, what specific actions did old Bob take to secure this funding?

    Since it’s come from the Mayor’s office, it sounds like any thanks should being going to the London Assembly Members.

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