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Uncertain future for Essex victim support charity
3:00pm Saturday 18th August 2012 in News
A CHARITY dedicated to helping victims of crime is facing an uncertain future following the biggest policing shake-up in decades.
Victim Support has spent more than 30 years helping millions of vulnerable people to recover.
For years funding has come directly from the Home Office but from 2014 police and crime commissioners in each county will make the decision on what grants to give to the voluntary sector.
Victim Support in Essex is seeking out the candidates for the new role - with elections in November - to make sure they are all aware of what the charity can offer.
Tom Elliot, divisional manager for Victim Support in Essex, said: “The police have been asked to make significant cost efficiencies and the successful PCC candidate will have influence over strategy.
“Our desire is to have a criminal justice system focused on victims and witnesses and we hope to maintain our level of funding to enable us to continue so we are speaking to the PCC candidates.”
“We are the only service pan Essex and we feel we have a significant role to play."