MPs table motion raising concern about Government proposals for victims’ services
Published: 15 June 2012
- 15 June 2012
MPs have tabled a written Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to express further concern about the Government’s proposal to change the way help for victims and witnesses of crime is managed.
MPs from across the House have asked whether the Government’s plans to hand responsibility for buying these services to police and crime commissioners is in the best interests of victims and witnesses.
Led by Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell, the Motion notes research undertaken by Victim Support which says that at least £21 million could be diverted from frontline services if plans to devolve responsibility to police and crime commissioners goes ahead.
Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Victim Support said: “We are very pleased to see the continued support of so many in the House of Commons, and urge more MP’s to express their concerns by signing the Motion. We hope anyone who shares our concerns will write to their MP, and ask them to sign EDM 187.
“We are not a lone voice in highlighting the issue and already have the support of many other charities and people involved in the justice system. We call on the Government to urgently review its proposals in light of the scale of the continued concern from MPs on all sides of the House, as well as voices across the sector and beyond”.
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