New £1.8m contract to support victims of crime

Katy Bourne. PCC for Sussex. 13/12/13 ENGSUS00120131213155025
Katy Bourne. PCC for Sussex. 13/12/13 ENGSUS00120131213155025

A landmark contract worth £1.8 million per year, which is set to bring local support to victims of crime, has been signed by Police and Crime Commissioners from three counties.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley signed the landmark contract with charity Victim Support to provide emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in their areas.

The contract provides for a victim referral and assessment centre, along with local support services. The agreement is signed as responsibility for commissioning the majority of victims’ services transfers from the Ministry of Justice to PCCs from October 2014. For the first time, these services provided to support victims of crime will be managed through a local contract and Victim Support will be directly accountable to PCCs, rather than Westminster, helping to ensure that local needs are being met.

Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex, said:“The launch of this contract has been the culmination of over a year of collaborative work with my fellow PCCs, dedicated to improving the services for victims locally. The Framework Agreement as a whole will allow for more scrutiny, transparency and performance monitoring and provides the option for other PCCs to adopt and adapt it in order to meet their requirements, thereby ensuring that victims of crime, will get the best possible service.”