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New Funding Arrangements for Victims' Services

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, today announced new funding arrangements to support victims’ services.

The PCC will work towards introducing fully commissioned services by April 2015. In the interim initial grant awards will be made for capacity building ready for local commissioning of services in 2015-16.

The first phase of grant applications opens today (06/05) to support existing specialist services in priority areas. Details of the second phase of grant applications will follow in the autumn, based on an assessment of victims’ needs across the region which will be completed in the summer. Those services will be expected to develop and align to the new arrangement for bidding and delivering commissioned services from April 2015.

At the same time a regional victim referral service with onward support will be co-commissioned with two other PCCs in the South East (Surrey and Sussex), replacing the existing national service funded by the Ministry of Justice.

Two events will be held in June 2014, to support the role of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) to prepare for local commissioning of services in 2015-16 and partnership working under the new funding arrangements. Further events are planned during 2014.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: “Within the new landscape for victims’ services, there will be a mix of national, regional and local commissioning. Working in partnership with the statutory, voluntary and community providers will be an integral part of our approach to ensure that we provide services that meet the needs of victims.”

Details of the PCC’s Victim’s Services Commissioning intentions for funding and partnership arrangements can be found by visiting: