Letter from the Victims’ Commissioner to the Lord Chancellor – Strategic Plan
The Victims’ Commissioner wrote to the Lord Chancellor to share her Strategic Plan for her 1-year term (October 2023 to October 2024).
The Strategic Plan sets out the Victims’ Commissioner’s strategic aims, as well as her workplan priorities.
The full Strategic Plan can be found on the ‘Strategy’ section of the website.
Alex Chalk MP KC
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Sent by email.
15th November 2023
VICTIMS’ COMMISSIONER STRATEGIC PLAN 2023/24
Further to my appointment as Victims’ Commissioner for 2023/24, please find attached my Strategic Plan for the year ahead.
As you will see, it sets out my strategic aims, as well as my workplan priorities. I’d like to thank your officials for taking the time to review this before it was finalised.
You will not be surprised to see that scrutiny of the Victims and Prisoners Bill will be my primary focus for the year. I will be writing to Ed Argar in the next few days setting out my initial thoughts on how the Bill might be enhanced and I look forward to meeting with him in due course.
I am also set to meet with a number of third sector groups to hear their ideas on what the Bill might achieve.
As well as the Bill, I am keen to track progress on implementing the recommendations of the End-to-End Rape Review, the rollout of pre-recorded cross examination (Section 28), tackling court backlogs and victim access to Parole Board hearings. In the coming months, I will also be publishing a review on the use of victim advocates and will be undertaking research on progress in supporting victims of persistent anti-social behaviour.
Throughout my term, I will be listening to the lived experiences of victims and this feedback will be reflected in all of my work. This week I published a survey of 500 victims undertaken last year and my team have just commissioned a survey of 3000 victims which will be published in 2024.
As Victims’ Commissioner, I am always on hand to advise you and your officials, where appropriate. If there is any specific work you would like to commission my office to undertake, I would be happy to consider these requests.
A copy of my Strategic Plan will be placed on my website.
Baroness Newlove LLD (hc) DCL
Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales