Review of Services for Victims of Crime in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-01-29
Session date: 
January 29, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0139
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime awarded a contract to Ecorys Limited to undertake a full review of services for victims of crime in London at a cost of £49,495 +VAT (DMPCD 2013-198, 10/12/13). However he had previously commissioned the Office of the Victims' Commissioner to undertake a full review of services for victims of crime in London at a cost of £35,000 +VAT (DMPCD 2013-134, 11/09/13). Why are you funding two reviews? Why did the Office of the Victim's Commissioner not carry out the review as originally announced?

Answer

Answer for Review of Services for Victims of Crime in London

Answer for Review of Services for Victims of Crime in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Further to the offer from the Victims' Commissioner to undertake a review of victims' services, MOPAC undertook a sole tender action. This was on the basis that, as a consequence of its unique position in terms of national responsibility, credibility and independence, the only suitable supplier is the Victims' Commissioner. Subsequent discussions were held between MOPAC and Baroness Newlove's office about the specific details of the review and how it might best be delivered. As a result, Baroness Newlove confirmed that, whilst she is committed to providing leadership for the Review, a third party would need to be involved to deliver the work. Therefore a procurement exercise was undertaken which resulted in the appointment of Ecorys UK Ltd. To clarify, DMPCD 2013-198 replaces DMPCD 2013-134 and the only payment (£49,495 + VAT) will be to Ecorys UK Ltd. The Review is now underway.