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Bereavement Counselling

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what services are provided by Government for people bereaved as a result of a (a) homicide and (b) road crash; what the cost was for providing these services in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (113314)

The Home Office provides services for people bereaved as a result of a homicide through an annual grant in aid to Victim Support and an annual grant to Support After Murder and Manslaughter (SAMM). The Home Office has also produced the “Advice for Bereaved Families and Friends Following Murder and Manslaughter” pack since 2004.

The Home Office funds the BrakeCare guide for bereaved families and friends. This has been funded since 2001 and is provided to families by police officers following a road crash. The cost for producing the guide in 2006-07 is £50,324.17.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority also provides financial compensation to the relatives and dependents of people killed as a result of violent crime.

Victim support

Funding (£ million)

2002-03

29.3

2003-04

30

2004-05

30

2005-06

30

2006-07

30

SAMM

Funding (£)

2002-03

130,000

2003-04

140,000

2004-05

140,000

2005-06

140,000

2006-07

140,000