Survivors UK

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1649
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

This year you stopped your funding of Survivors UK, an important organisation that helps male victims of rape and sexual abuse.  In 2014, in London, more than 20% of all reports of serious sexual crimes were against men.  Last year you spent £1,292,666 providing specialist support services for victims of sexual assault in London. Of that only £32,666, 2.5% was spent on specialist services supporting men and boys. Will you reinstate your funding to Survivors UK?

Answer

Answer for Survivors UK

Answer for Survivors UK

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MOPAC provided funding to Survivors UK as a one-off 6-month interim payment to support them, as the Ministry of Justice's Victims General Fund ended on 30th September 2014.

Overall MOPAC has not overseen any cut in funding for services to support male victims of abuse. In fact, we are investing over £4.1million in specialist services for all victims of domestic and sexual violence by 2016, which includes male victims. 

There has never been a commitment from the Mayor's Office to fund Survivors' UK. However we have been extremely supportive wherever possible.  To help Survivors' UK negotiate these changes, we have been in regular correspondence, contributed the one off payment you refer to, signposted them to other funding opportunities and have provided a letter of support to assist its application to another national funding scheme.

It is also worth noting that, this year alone Survivors' UK is in receipt of more than £200,000 from the Ministry of Justice for a range of victims support services.