– Shami Chakrabarti, Director of the civil rights group Liberty
Victims of crime deserve the best assistance the State can provide. The Government's proposals to slash compensation and fragment victims' services will undermine vital support for those whose lives are devastated by the physical and emotional effects of crime. Leaving help for victims to the whim of a locally elected politician will create a postcode lottery and risk funding being diverted to the most high-profile cases, leaving the marginalised badly under-protected.
The charity Victim Support claims millions of pounds will be wasted on bureaucracy, and victims of crime will suffer, under Government plans to reform services.