Any home is a potential target for burglars; some are more appealing than others and some offer themselves up with a bow that begs to be opened.
Money deducted from prisoners’ pay packets to fund victim support services as part of a new Government scheme has raised £383,724 in its first six months, Justice Minister Crispin Blunt announced today.
Under the Prisoners' Earnings Act up to 40 per cent of the wages earned by low-risk prisoners who work outside of prison to prepare for their release go to national charity Victim Support.
This money is used to provide support such as professional counselling and enhancing home security – helping victims to recover from the trauma of crime.
Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt, said:
'For too long offenders have not done enough to shoulder the financial burden of their crimes, leaving the taxpayer to foot the bill for the damage they have caused.
'The Prisoners' Earnings Act is the start of Government getting the balance right – forcing prisoners to take responsibility for their crimes and helping victims to recover through the funding of these vital support services.'
The money has helped many people including an 80-year-old man who was robbed after collecting his pension from the Post Office. He was worried about his safety after his keys and wallet were taken and the fund paid for new locks for his home, a personal alarm and food vouchers.
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Border Force officers displayed seizures and explained how they prevent wildlife smuggling at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference today.
The Minister for Criminal Information (Lord Taylor of Holbeach) today gave this written ministerial statement in the house of commons.
Whether it’s a family heirloom or a cherished gift, our possessions are often worth more to us than their actual monetary value. It might be an engagement ring, or a watch which has been passed down through the generations: some things simply cannot be replaced, which makes keeping them safe all the more important.
The Access to Elected Office Fund offers individual grants of between £250 and £20,000 to disabled people who want to be considered for selection as candidates for an election, or are standing for election.