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Issue:- 27 February 2014

Multi-million pound pot for victims' services welcomed

SPECIALIST victims' services in Lancashire could be boosted after the Government announced £12m in funding for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).

The multi-million pound funding pot is earmarked for providing further specialist services for victims of the most serious crimes and those who are classed as "vulnerable" – and Lancashire's PCC will be able to bid to bring a slice of the cash to the county.

Responsibility for commissioning victims' services in the county will fall to Clive Grunshaw from the autumn, and significant research has already been undertaken in Lancashire to establish what support victims want and need locally.

And the Commissioner said:- "I will certainly be interested in bidding to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for additional funding for victims in Lancashire.   More support for specialist resources to help the victims in the greatest need would clearly be a positive thing for the county. It has become apparent through extensive research undertaken by my office that very often the support available for victims isn't good enough. Some feel they have been let down by the very system which was designed to protect and care for them; and this is something I am committed to changing. There are positive stories, and examples of good practice, and I want every victim in the county to be able to experience those.  We are in the midst of developing clear commissioning intentions for the county – in consultation with residents and professionals – and I hope our dedication to establishing the best services for Lancashire will be recognised by the MoJ when it comes to awarding this funding.  As soon as more information is available about to how to bid for this money, I can reassure residents I will be doing my utmost to bring some of it to Lancashire to benefit those most in need."

This additional funding, which would be on top of the Commissioner's budget for commissioning victims' services in 2014/15, will be to provide specialist support services to victims who fall into the priority categories within the Victims' Code. These are victims of the most serious crime, persistently targeted victims, and vulnerable or intimidated victims.

In Lancashire, the Commissioner is continuing to consult on his draft commissioning intentions, and wants to urge as many residents as possible; particularly those who have been victims of crime or who have had contact with existing services; to give their views.

Ascot Property Group to Supply Car Parking for Royal Liverpool Hospital Build

WATERLOO based Ascot Property Group is to supply a 165 space car park on Low Hill for the use of Carillion workers and subcontractors during the build of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Carillion has already begun work on the new hospital, which will stand behind the current facility, on the corner of West Derby Street and Low Hill and is estimated to cost £335 million to complete. The car park will be in situ for the duration of the build, which is estimated to complete in 2017.

Ascot bought the 2 acre site on Low Hill, which was previously home to Plumb Centre and Build Centre stores, from Wolseley in 2012. Remediation work has now taken place to ensure the safety of the ground and the car park will open soon.

Stuart Howard of Ascot Property Group said:- "We are pleased that Ascot is able to play a part in this landmark project for the City."

The new Royal is planned to be the largest hospital in the country and one of only a small number of NHS hospitals to provide all single en-suite bedrooms for patients, with a view to improving privacy and dignity, while also reducing risk of infection.

Services at the current Royal Liverpool Hospital will continue as normal for the duration of the build. The building will then be demolished when services have been moved to the new site.

Established over 25 years, Ascot Property Group is a property development and commercial property agency with a number of sites across Liverpool and The Wirral.

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