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Source: London Assembly

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has a duty to commission victims’ services and crime prevention programmes across London. 

MOPAC’s budget for commissioning such services and programmes has increased drastically over the years.  In 2012/13 MOPAC’s commissioning budget was £23.6m, in 2019/20 the budget increased to £53.6m.~

The London Assembly has today published a letter which makes a number of recommendations on how MOPAC can better commission services and programmes including:

  1. MOPAC should publish clear and easy to follow dashboards on commissioned services so that Londoners can see what services are funded in their borough and include information on outcomes and impact.
  2. MOPAC must ensure that funding is provided on a long-term basis and meet its aim for a period of no less than 2 years with a target of 3-4 years for all funding allocations and seek consistency with Safer Neighbourhood Boards funding.
  3. MOPAC needs to be clear about the funding formula to be used and reassure boroughs that this will be applied consistently and reflect crime levels and need.
  4. MOPAC should review its processes and requirements to streamline and improve the processes involved in bidding for funding.

Chair of the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee, Unmesh Desai AM, said:

“Firstly, the Committee understands the important services that MOPAC commissions for Londoners across all boroughs, but it is essential to ensure that MOPAC gets good value for the money it invests when rolling-out these services. 

“MOPAC releases a quarterly performance update which includes information on commissioning spend but lacks information on the value for money it gets from these programmes. We’ve asked MOPAC to provide an update on its services that is more transparent, with a greater focus on outputs, and to ensure that there’s a good return on its investment.

“We heard from organisations and boroughs who provide services on behalf of MOPAC who informed us that funding has historically often been for short-time periods, which means it’s very difficult for organisations to plan long-term and deliver effective outcomes.  We’ve called on MOPAC to ensure that funding is provided on a long-term basis, to ensure organisations have the structure and stability to help Londoners who need these services and make a real impact on their lives.”

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