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Rape: Victim Support Schemes

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 826W, on rape: victim support schemes, for what reason £200,000 of the £1.1 million special fund for rape crisis centres had not been paid out. (281481)

All monies from the special fund for rape crisis centres were paid out by the end of the financial year (2008-09).

The Government Equalities Office paid out £900,000 from the special fund in grants to individual centres, ensuring that no rape crisis centre closed. Following consultation with the contributing departments, a further £230,000 was paid out to the two main umbrella bodies for the sexual violence voluntary sector—Rape Crisis England and Wales and The Survivors’ Trust—for them to help their member groups build capacity. These grants are listed in the tables of grants referenced in the answer given on 1 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1241-42W.