Postcode lottery for victims of crime across England and Wales
Today we published part one of two reports in our Valuing Victims campaign. We obtained data from the Ministry of Justice through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. Our report provides a unique and the most up-to-date picture of Restorative Justice (RJ) expenditure across the country. Part 2 of this report will examine what PCCs have delivered as a result of the expenditure and published ahead of International RJ Week (21st November).
Our 2017 Valuing Victims report highlights significant differences exist in Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) expenditure on RJ. The report provides a unique and the most up-to-date picture of RJ expenditure across the country.
Director Lucy Jaffé:
The significant differences in expenditure between individual PCCs appear to suggest a postcode lottery for victims of crime. Not all victims are receiving the support they are entitled to under the Governments own Victims’ Code.
I call on the Minister for Victims Dr Phillip Lee MP to make a commitment to undertake the annual collection and publication of levels of investment made by each PCC into Restorative Justice Services in their area.”
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