Rob Flello MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, in response the Written Ministerial Statement on the directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, said:
"I welcome the Government’s decision announced today to opt in to the new EU Directive on the rights of victims. We have been urging the Government to opt in to this directive for some time and are pleased that British victims of crime in EU states will now receive guaranteed levels of support. With the wording of the directive still to be agreed, the Government must now ensure that it takes a central role in committing member states to providing the greatest level of support to victims.
“Despite this announcement, the Government still has a long way to go to ensuring victims are placed firmly at the heart of our own justice system. For example, the Government’s continued delay in compensating British victims of terrorism abroad, as introduced by the previous Labour Government, its cuts to victims' support services, and its cuts to legal aid and their refusal to provide a coronial system fit for the 21st century, shows that regrettably this Government do not see the support available to victims as a top policy priority.
“The Labour Justice team will continue to monitor how the Government supports victims of crime and how it changes the justice system to reflect this.”