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Sexual Offences

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been provided by central government for (a) sexual assault referral centres and (b) rape crisis centres in each of the last five years, broken down by constituency; and how much funding was provided for such centres located in (i) rural and (ii) urban areas. (260927)

Based on the best available information, the approximated total of grants awarded to sexual assault referral centres for each of the last five years is set out in table 1:

Table 1

Source

Total (£)

2004-05

Home Office SARC Funding

310,000

2005-06

Home Office SARC Funding

709,000

2006-07

Home Office SARC Funding

620,000

2007-08

Home Office SARC Funding

805,000

2008-09

Home Office SARC Funding

663,000

The information provided is not available broken down by constituency level or by rural or urban areas and to do so would incur disproportionate costs.

The Government have provided funding to rape crisis centres in a variety of ways over the past five years including core funding to the national umbrella organisation, Rape Crisis England and Wales and its predecessor bodies as well as funding for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers—a number of which are based in rape crisis centres.

Based on the best available evidence, the approximated total of central Government grants to rape crisis centres awarded from the Victims’ Fund, Home Office funding for Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) and the Special Fund to Rape Crisis Centres, for each of the last five years is set out in table 2:

Table 2

Source

Total (£)

2004-05

Victim’s Fund

199,270

2005-06

Victim’s Fund

543,607

2006-07

Victim’s Fund and Home Office (ISVA) funding

631,038

2007-08

Victim’s Fund and Home Office (ISVA) funding

862,315

2008-09

Victim’s Fund, Home Office (ISVA) funding and special fund

1,744,089

This information is not available broken down by constituency level or by rural or urban areas and to do so would incur disproportionate costs.