Mayor's rape crisis centres sold short

16 December 2008

Jenny Jones today forced London's Mayor to admit that he will not deliver new rape crisis centres in London on the scale he promised in his manifesto.

Before being elected, the Mayor pledged to provide £744,000 a year to fund the one existing rape crisis centre in London, along with three more new centres.

However, under questioning by Jenny at the London Assembly budget committee, the Mayor stated that he would only provide £233,000 a year.

"Increased support for the victims of rape was an important part of Boris Johnson's pledge to Londoners to tackle crime if they elected him. Now he is in office, he has cut his proposal by more than £500,000. He may say that he can lever in funds from elsewhere, but unless long-term funding is assured, rape victims will continue to suffer from inadequate support."


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