In the Autumn Statement (5 December 2013), the Chancellor announced that LIBOR fines would be invested in providing additional support for the care of emergency services personnel and their dependents who are injured, suffering ill-health, or bereaved as a result of active service for the public. This further support is extended to police, fire, ambulance, and search and rescue and lifeboat service personnel and also includes volunteers serving in the emergency services.
This follows the success of supporting military charities to care for the armed forces community, including those currently serving, veterans and families. To help ensure that the money is invested fairly, equitably and sustainably, Cabinet Office has engaged New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) to help them draw in views and evidence to determine the best use of the money. NPC and Cabinet Office are bringing together the government departments, individuals and organisations with the expertise to contribute to the development of the approach to using this investment. This document summarises what we have learned so far about the needs of people working in the emergency services and their dependents.
We are keen to gather views from all those who have expertise in this field to influence the design of this programme. If you would like to participate, please read this document and comment through our survey [survey now closed]. If you have documents eg, research reports which you think we would find helpful in considering the issues, please send details of these to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our online call for evidence will be open for three weeks from 17 April to 23 May 2014. If you have any questions please email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Update 2 October 2014
The government has now announced the allocation of nearly £10m to help support 200,000 emergency services personnel and volunteers. This funding will be focused on mental health, physical recuperation and bereavement support.