Freedom of Information Log - April 2022 - March 2023

Please find below all Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests received by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire and the related responses. We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

April 2022 – March 2023

Last updated: 11th April 2022

Reference No.

Date Received

Date of Response due

Date of Response sent

Freedom of Information Request details

Response to Freedom of Information Request

Open/ Closed

PCC/April/2022/01

01/04/2022

03/05/2022

11/04/2022

I’m emailing you to request freedom of information answering the following questions:

 

What road victims support services do you offer?

Who provides your road victims support services?

Who is eligible for road victim support?

What number/percentage of road victims receive road victims support?

What number/percentage of road victims do not take up an offer of road victims support?

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

What road victims support services do you offer?  – The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has funded a number of organisations to provide roads victim support and this information can be found in the following decision paper on our website – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/download/pcc-d-035-pdf/?wpdmdl=9113&refresh=6246d38dd224e1648808845 and the following press release – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/the-office-of-the-police-and-crime-commissioner-allocates-201-000-to-15-parish-and-town-councils-to-help-make-bedfordshires-roads-safer/

Who provides your road victims support services? – The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has funded a number of organisations to provide roads victim support and this information can be found in the following decision paper on our website – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/download/pcc-d-035-pdf/?wpdmdl=9113&refresh=6246d38dd224e1648808845 and the following press release – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/the-office-of-the-police-and-crime-commissioner-allocates-201-000-to-15-parish-and-town-councils-to-help-make-bedfordshires-roads-safer/

In order to obtain the information and data that you require for who is eligible for road victim support, what number/percentage of road victims receive road victims support and what number/percentage of road victims do not take up an offer of road victims support, the OPCC contacted the Roads Victims Trust. The Roads Victims Trust have stated that this type of data does need further explanation and offered their details if you require any further information which is Mark Turner. The Roads Victims Trust stated that the figures provided cover Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire.

Who is eligible for road victims support? –  The Roads Victims Trust stated that the Offices of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are signed up to Service Level and Information Sharing Agreements with the Road Victims Trust (RVT) – a registered charity. Details of all fatal collisions, and a significant amount of life-changing collisions are referred into the RVT. The RVT then offer free and unconditional support to all persons affect by the trauma resulting from these collisions. Each individual referred is case-managed and offered one to one Counselling for as long as is needed. Additionally practical support, such as support at Coronial and Criminal inquests, is provided. It should be noted that this support is offered to all persons who are adversely affected- a cohort that is much wider than those defined as victims under the Victims Code. This included the bereaved, family members, witnesses, drivers, work colleagues.

What number/percentage of road victims receive road victims support? – The Roads Victims Trust stated that it is not possible to answer this question with any degree of accuracy without a definition of what you are classing as a victim. The RVT service is available to all persons that are referred to them via the Tri-Force Collaborated Roads Policing Units. Each and every fatal collision that occurs cross Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire is referred to the RVT, who, in turn offer the full range of their services to these people. Additionally, a significant number of life-changing collisions. So, it would be fair to surmise that every identified person who suffers adversely from the effects of a fatal collision is offered the service. By way of example – from 1st April 2021-17th March 2022 the RVT received 159 separate collision referrals (a mix of fatal and life-changing collisions) from across the 3 counties. From this a total of 675 people were referred by Police. These people were contacted by letter, received a phone call, and offered the RVT service of emotional and practical support. A total of 332 people accepted further RVT support that consisted of face-to-face counselling.

What number/percentage of road victims do not take up an offer of road victims support? – The Roads Victims Trust stated that in the reporting period (above) it would indicate that 343 people did not take up the full service – however it should be noted that all of these people had at least one phone call and letter/information that spoke of the RVT service.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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