12/03/2020 - Published by


Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, confirms “we will do everything we can to ensure funding continues.”

The Peace Foundation welcomes the commitment of the Prime Minister to resolve the funding of the vital services provided to its beneficiaries.

At Prime Ministers Question time (PMQs) in the House of Commons, London, Mr. Johnson was asked by Warrington South MP, Andy Carter, to assure the future of the charity that was established 25 years ago by Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry OBE in memory of their 12-year-old son Tim and three-year-old Johnathan Ball after a terrorist attack took their lives.

Mr. Carter said: “Next week in my constituency, Warrington South, we’ll commemorate the 27th anniversary of the IRA terrorist attack in the town, which killed two children.

“Over the last quarter of a century the Peace Foundation, based in Warrington, has worked tirelessly to provide the national support service for victims of terrorism in Great Britain.

“Will the Prime Minister join with me in commending their work and in agreeing to ensure their funding continues?”

The Prime Minister responded: “I certainly commend the work of all those who are working on the Warrington Peace Centre and we will do everything we can to ensure the funding continues.”

You can view the PMQ here –

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=1X1P636lQl6TWKErnCTvmq_IbCO4voQ3v 

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The PMQ came just ahead of the Chancellor’s 2020 budget statement that reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to counter terrorism and victim support.

The government confirmed it will invest in the security of everyone in the UK with additional funding for counter-terrorism policing and the UK intelligence community. The government will keep people safe with strengthened community sentences and increased support for victims.

Protecting people and keeping them safe from crime and other threats is a principal responsibility of any government.  The budget makes further important investments in the police, security services and justice system.  The budget will include £114 million in 2020-21 for counterterrorism, to maintain capability and officer numbers in the face of a changing terrorist threat. This includes an extra £83 million for counter-terrorism policing, in addition to the government’s police recruitment commitment, and £31 million for the UK Intelligence Community. The government will also provide an additional £67 million for the UK Intelligence Community which will enable them to develop further their world-leading technological capabilities to protect the UK’s security and help keep the country safe.

The Peace Foundation welcomes this investment and is now pushing the Government to make clear its continued support for its work.

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive said: “Successive Prime Ministers including: Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Theresa May, have supported our efforts here in Warrington and now Boris Johnson has done the same.

“We will work closely with the Prime Minister’s team to look at how we can sustainably fund this work and I would also put on record our gratitude to the Warrington South MP, Andy Carter, who is working tirelessly with us to ensure that happens.”

Notes:

The Peace Foundation receives funding from the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and local authorities as well as some other grant funders.  Its funding ends on 31st March and it is looking for an urgent confirmation of funding to ensure services continue, jobs are secure, and beneficiaries safeguarded.

Clips courtesy BBC Parliament and quotes and figures source HM Government Budget 2020

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