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Ministry of Justice: 'No intention to investigate' Northumbria PCC

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that there "there is no intention to investigate" the Northumbria Police and Crime Commission's decision to award taxpayers' money to a charity she is involved in.

Earlier today, April 16, Vera Baird stood by her decision to pay for the services Victims' First Northumbria, which supports people who've been affected by crime.

My decision to establish a charity in order to deliver the highest quality of victims' services to the public of Northumbria is the right model for our region.

All Ministry of Justice procedures and protocols have been adhered to throughout.

– Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

The MoJ have also said there will be no investigation into the setting up of the charity.

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Vera Baird comments on decision to fund charity

"Victims First Northumbria has got off to a great start helping over 550 people in just over two weeks.

"As Police and Crime Commissioner, I received funding from the Ministry of Justice to ensure I provide an outstanding service to victims of crime.

"I looked at a number of options, as did all Police and Crime Commissioners, to ensure we would offer excellent value for money and a service that always put victims first and addresses their every need.

"It is clear the model that I have chosen was the best for our region. Victims First Northumbria is unique in that it will give victims one point of contact for all their needs and support.

"All Ministry of Justice procedures and protocols were adhered to. I am confident the team of coordinators will show that the decisions taken to create Victims First Northumbria were the right ones."

– Northumbria PCC Vera Baird

Northumbria PCC Vera Baird defends awarding public money to her own charity

Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria's Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is standing by a decision to pay for the services of a charity which she's involved in.

Victims' First Northumbria supports people who've been affected by crime.

The charity lists both Ms Baird and the soon to retire Chief Constable of Northumbria Police Sue Sim as its directors.

Ms Baird insists her office is funding the charity because it provides value for money.

She says since being set up it has helped more than 500 people in two weeks.

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