Rights of victims must be protected

Public meeting called by MP Kevin Barron over the future of Dinnington miners welfare club (w110613-6d)
Public meeting called by MP Kevin Barron over the future of Dinnington miners welfare club (w110613-6d)

Victims of crime have for too long lacked confidence in our criminal justice system.

Victims of crime have for too long lacked confidence in our criminal justice system.

There have been many unfortunate examples of innocent people being let down by the justice system.

There has to be a better way to ensure victims’ rights are properly protected. All victims of crime need proper support and this can range from somebody who has had their wallet stolen in the street to a victim of sexual violence who lacks the confidence to report the assault.

The Government isn’t interested in standing up for victims of crime. How could it be when it left the position of Victims’ Commissioner vacant for over a year?

I would like to see a new law to improve our justice system so it works better for witnesses and victims of crime. This new law would transform the way our criminal justice system treats victims and witnesses, guaranteeing victims of crime the ability to hold those responsible to account, and ensuring greater compassion and support in the system.

No matter what your experience of the justice system, I would like to hear what Rother Valley constituents think should be included in a future victims’ law.

Please e-mail me at kevin.barron.mp@parliament.uk

Here in the Rother Valley long-term unemployment is still unacceptably high, with 140 young people out of work for a year or more.

We urgently need action to get local people into work. A compulsory jobs guarantee, would get any adult out of work for more than two years, or young person out of work for a year, into a job – one they would be required to take.

Ministers must get off their hands and start helping now before they condemn a whole generation to joblessness. The ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) is the UK’s independent regulator for advertising across all media, including online and in social media.

They and their sister body the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), which is responsible for writing, updating and giving free advice to businesses on complying with the Advertising Codes, work to make every UK ad a responsible ad.

The ASA and CAP can help whether that’s by looking into consumers’ complaints and concerns about advertising, or by providing free advice and guidance to small local businesses looking to advertise.

For more information please visit www.asa.org.uk or www.cap.org.uk

Prostate Cancer UK’s latest report ‘It’s time for Quality Care. Everywhere’ identifies the areas where good quality care is delivered and also the areas where improvement is needed.

The key findings of the report show a mixed picture of care for men, with variations in the quality of care around the UK. Some of the findings are positive, with 86 per cent of men given the name of a specialist nurse, 95 per cent of men are still alive one year after diagnosis and 83 per cent of men are still alive five years after diagnosis.

However the report found that there is significant room for improvement. 22 per cent of men did not receive easy to understand information about their prostate cancer and 26 per cent of men surveyed did not feel their views were taken into account when discussing personal treatment options.

Furthermore, there are still over 10,000 men dying of prostate cancer every year in the UK. Prostate Cancer UK has been working with local health professionals to implement their Quality Checklist, which outlines the care and support that all men should expect to receive.

The Checklist is based on research with people affected by prostate cancer a.

For more visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/menunited