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Victim Support/Neighbourhood Watch

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department has provided to (a) victim support and (b) neighbourhood watch schemes in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (96671)

The Government funds £30 million to Victim Support annually to provide services to victims and witnesses across England and Wales. This funding has almost trebled from £11.7 million in 1997. Additionally the Government have funded discrete projects run by Victim Support, including £1 million this year to pilot enhanced services to victims of crime. The annual funding for the past 10 years is set out in the following table.

The Government do not provide direct funding to Neighbourhood Watch or other Watch schemes. To fund all local schemes would not be possible and to selectively fund only a proportion would be unfair and divisive. Schemes are advised how to find alternative funding, for example locally via the Safer Stronger Communities funding. The Government provide support to Neighbourhood Watch and the wider Watch movement through the provision of free literature, public liability insurance, training and advice.

The annual funding for the past 10 years is set out as follows.

Financial year

Home Office grant to Victim Support (£ million)

1995-96

10.82

1996-97

11.68

1997-98

12.68

1998-99

12.68

1999-2000

17.50

2000-01

18.55

2001-02

25.05

2002-03

29.30

2003-04

30.00

2004-05

30.00

2005-06

30.00

2006-07

30.00