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BrakeCare Bereavement Packs

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department what the reasons were for withdrawing funding for the BrakeCare bereavement pack in 2007; and what related services for road crash victims are available. (103815)

The Government are funding the BrakeCare guide for bereaved families and friends in 2006 and are actively considering possible future funding routes, including the victim’s fund.

The code of practice for victims of crime includes an obligation on the police to provide close relatives of a victim of road death with timely information about their case and an enhanced service. The core funding provided to victim support allows them to provide a witness service in all Crown and magistrates courts. If a road traffic incident involves a court case, the victim or their family can access this support. Other voluntary groups, including Brake, RoadPeace and the Campaign Against Drinking and Driving, also provide support and advice to serious road crash victims.