Sex trafficking fear as the Games loom

PROSTITUTES are expected to flood south Essex during the 2012 Olympics, a Rape charity has warned.

With the opening ceremony of the Games now less than two years away, experts at the South Essex Rape and Crisis Centre have already begun investigating what can be done to discourage an influx of prostitutes and protect women from being trafficked into the area.

Hundreds of athletes and spectators are expected to descend on the county to train and stay for the duration of the Games.

Sheila Coates, director of the centre, based in Thurrock, said: “Research has shown that during large sporting events, sex crime actually increases because of the large number of participants and a lot of people travelling from country to country. Sadly, pimps see that as a way of increasing their income and we will see women trafficked to the area.”

The centre, which covers the areas of Thurrock, Basildon and Brentwood, has asked for the issue to be put on the agenda at forthcoming meetings of the Thurrock Violence Against Women and Girls Strategic Group and the Basildon Violent Crime, Domestic Crime and Sexual Crime Group.

As well as representatives from the centre, the groups are made up of officers from Basildon and Thurrock Councils and Essex Police.

Ms Coates added: “The centre is preparing to research the possible impact and take the necessary steps to mitigate the impact of any increase in sex trafficking and prostitution in the area.

“We are going to start looking at research available from the winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa to see what the impact may or may not be.

“In Vancouver it looks like it wasn’t as big a problem as anticipated because they planned for it and planned it out.”

A spokeswoman for Essex Police said the force had not been made aware of any expected problems.

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2:32pm Fri 30 Jul 10

EthanEdwards says...

I must be missing the picture here. Stratford is not South Essex is it?
In any event IMO prostitution should be legalised, regulated...taxed. Drive out the criminal element. It can only help protect the workers.
I must be missing the picture here. Stratford is not South Essex is it? In any event IMO prostitution should be legalised, regulated...taxed. Drive out the criminal element. It can only help protect the workers. EthanEdwards

5:03pm Fri 30 Jul 10

reptile says...

So the games could have a "happy ending" after all.
So the games could have a "happy ending" after all. reptile

5:46pm Fri 30 Jul 10

torridpiper says...

'Always look on the bright side of life'
da doo da doo!
'Always look on the bright side of life' da doo da doo! torridpiper

5:53pm Fri 30 Jul 10

firedog says...

It says they are going to flood south Essex,how are they going to do that.The mind boggles!
It says they are going to flood south Essex,how are they going to do that.The mind boggles! firedog

6:36pm Fri 30 Jul 10

Nebs says...

10:00am Wednesday 12th May 2010
HOMEOWNERS in south Essex could earn thousands of pounds by renting out their properties during the 2012 Olympics.
Now we know who will be paying such extortionate sums.
10:00am Wednesday 12th May 2010 HOMEOWNERS in south Essex could earn thousands of pounds by renting out their properties during the 2012 Olympics. Now we know who will be paying such extortionate sums. Nebs

6:57pm Fri 30 Jul 10

Essexbloke says...

Well, that's a touch!!! With all the daily doom and gloom around recessions and job losses, it makes me immensely proud to see Essex leading the way in a boom industry!!!

I would say "cottage industry" ....... But surely that only concerns the athletes from the lesser known nations of Soddom and Gemorrah!
Well, that's a touch!!! With all the daily doom and gloom around recessions and job losses, it makes me immensely proud to see Essex leading the way in a boom industry!!! I would say "cottage industry" ....... But surely that only concerns the athletes from the lesser known nations of Soddom and Gemorrah! Essexbloke

7:41pm Fri 30 Jul 10

daveyboy25 says...

that will put a smile of the dirty old men in hadleigh
that will put a smile of the dirty old men in hadleigh daveyboy25

7:54pm Fri 30 Jul 10

John the resonator says...

Don't knock the oldest profession, there were prostitutes before there were lawyers.

Incidentally, what is the difference between the two?

A prostitute stops screwing you when you are dead -- booboom!

Seriously though, I agree with EthanEdwards' point about legalisation.
Don't knock the oldest profession, there were prostitutes before there were lawyers. Incidentally, what is the difference between the two? A prostitute stops screwing you when you are dead -- booboom! Seriously though, I agree with EthanEdwards' point about legalisation. John the resonator

10:14pm Fri 30 Jul 10

Tony Bman says...

FOR F SAKE STOP THESE OLYMPICS NOW!!! If they go ahead we'l be shagged......one way or another!
FOR F SAKE STOP THESE OLYMPICS NOW!!! If they go ahead we'l be shagged......one way or another! Tony Bman

10:44pm Fri 30 Jul 10

karen29 says...

I wonder if this organisation will be asking for more public cash to write another glossy brochure and organise some more 'high profile' meetings. No doubt they will want to go on some research trips to South Africa and Canada. They have to justofy their existence and all the cash they already receive by creating new problems that need more taxpayers cash to research.
I wonder if this organisation will be asking for more public cash to write another glossy brochure and organise some more 'high profile' meetings. No doubt they will want to go on some research trips to South Africa and Canada. They have to justofy their existence and all the cash they already receive by creating new problems that need more taxpayers cash to research. karen29

12:00am Sat 31 Jul 10

See-the-real says...

EthanEdwards wrote:
I must be missing the picture here. Stratford is not South Essex is it? In any event IMO prostitution should be legalised, regulated...taxed. Drive out the criminal element. It can only help protect the workers.
I agree.
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Just as legalisation and taxation of alcohol has led to no illegal alcohol being smuggled in to this country and no alcohol abuse.
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And the legal and taxed tobacco has shown that there are no problems on this front either. No one smuggles that in and sells it cheaper than the shops. And as far as I know, by taxing and legalising it, there are no smoking related deaths at all.
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It can only help protect the workers. My mum works in tesco and I think that legalising the sex trade will protect her.
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As a feminist, I think that prostitution should be legalised, because it is only the women who seem to get punished. If it was legal then these women could earn a good wage, satisfying the needs of men and using their bodies as a commodity for the purposes of male pleasure.
I think that then men would respect women more, and the sex workers would not be under the control of the men.
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Yes I agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]EthanEdwards[/bold] wrote: I must be missing the picture here. Stratford is not South Essex is it? In any event IMO prostitution should be legalised, regulated...taxed. Drive out the criminal element. It can only help protect the workers.[/p][/quote]I agree. . Just as legalisation and taxation of alcohol has led to no illegal alcohol being smuggled in to this country and no alcohol abuse. . And the legal and taxed tobacco has shown that there are no problems on this front either. No one smuggles that in and sells it cheaper than the shops. And as far as I know, by taxing and legalising it, there are no smoking related deaths at all. . It can only help protect the workers. My mum works in tesco and I think that legalising the sex trade will protect her. . As a feminist, I think that prostitution should be legalised, because it is only the women who seem to get punished. If it was legal then these women could earn a good wage, satisfying the needs of men and using their bodies as a commodity for the purposes of male pleasure. I think that then men would respect women more, and the sex workers would not be under the control of the men. . . Yes I agree with you. See-the-real

5:34am Sat 31 Jul 10

soul man says...

well! , theres a dilemma, what happens if someone says ''on ya bike'', during the olympics, do they mean the cyclists at the hadleigh venue or? the mind boggles
well! , theres a dilemma, what happens if someone says ''on ya bike'', during the olympics, do they mean the cyclists at the hadleigh venue or? the mind boggles soul man

5:34am Sat 31 Jul 10

soul man says...

well! , theres a dilemma, what happens if someone says ''on ya bike'', during the olympics, do they mean the cyclists at the hadleigh venue or? the mind boggles
well! , theres a dilemma, what happens if someone says ''on ya bike'', during the olympics, do they mean the cyclists at the hadleigh venue or? the mind boggles soul man

11:10am Sat 31 Jul 10

sea wall sid says...

I would have thought that an established "lady of the night" would have her patch wherever she chooses to work and i doubt it very much that she would want or need to up sticks and come to Essex for 2 weeks whilst the olympics are on. olympics or not the price cannot differ that much for services on offer....after all a loaf of bread is a loaf of bread.
I would have thought that an established "lady of the night" would have her patch wherever she chooses to work and i doubt it very much that she would want or need to up sticks and come to Essex for 2 weeks whilst the olympics are on. olympics or not the price cannot differ that much for services on offer....after all a loaf of bread is a loaf of bread. sea wall sid

1:36pm Sat 31 Jul 10

Mary Lou says...

So the SECC ,the TVAWGSG and the BVCDCSSG are going look at research. Then they can **** any impact which may or not occur.
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Then what. Have another meeting, produce a paper, or publish a pamphlet.
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If these people are paid from taxes, withdraw funding NOW! From what I know of Quangos they are a self perpetuating talking shop and something I do not want my money spent on.
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If they are a charity I would question the efficacy of what they do or achieve.
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At least one of the benefits of austerity is flushing out all the useless Quangos that previous Governments have set up to pander to the "chattering" class.
So the SECC ,the TVAWGSG and the BVCDCSSG are going look at research. Then they can **** any impact which may or not occur. . Then what. Have another meeting, produce a paper, or publish a pamphlet. . If these people are paid from taxes, withdraw funding NOW! From what I know of Quangos they are a self perpetuating talking shop and something I do not want my money spent on. . If they are a charity I would question the efficacy of what they do or achieve. . At least one of the benefits of austerity is flushing out all the useless Quangos that previous Governments have set up to pander to the "chattering" class. Mary Lou

2:13pm Sat 31 Jul 10

Last Poster says...

Mary Lou, good point until you put in the word "previous." That appears to indicate that here is a government that won't be making full use of committees, sub committees and sub sub committees reporting on blah blah blah!
Never happen!
They are already setting up a committee to investigate why we need so many committees!
Mary Lou, good point until you put in the word "previous." That appears to indicate that here is a government that won't be making full use of committees, sub committees and sub sub committees reporting on blah blah blah! Never happen! They are already setting up a committee to investigate why we need so many committees! Last Poster

2:45pm Sat 31 Jul 10

Mary Lou says...

The **** in my post was A-s-s-e-s-s ???
The **** in my post was A-s-s-e-s-s ??? Mary Lou

2:45pm Sat 31 Jul 10

Mary Lou says...

The **** in my post was A-s-s-e-s-s ???
The **** in my post was A-s-s-e-s-s ??? Mary Lou

4:12pm Sat 31 Jul 10

John the resonator says...

I don't think this is a quango. Their website says

"South Essex Rape &
Incest Crisis Centre opened in 1984 and covers the areas of Thurrock, Basildon and Brentwood. As a voluntary organisation and a registered charity, the organisation is confidential and independent from social services, the police and other official agencies.

South Essex Rape &
Incest Crisis Centre provides a service to women and girls over 13 years old who have been raped, sexually assaulted, experienced child sexual abuse, sexual harassment or who have experienced any form of sexually violence or attempted sexual assault."

I think we need them.

Thankfully no member of my family has experienced this and I hope none of their critics on here do either. Count yourselves lucky if you have not been abused.
I don't think this is a quango. Their website says "South Essex Rape & Incest Crisis Centre opened in 1984 and covers the areas of Thurrock, Basildon and Brentwood. As a voluntary organisation and a registered charity, the organisation is confidential and independent from social services, the police and other official agencies. South Essex Rape & Incest Crisis Centre provides a service to women and girls over 13 years old who have been raped, sexually assaulted, experienced child sexual abuse, sexual harassment or who have experienced any form of sexually violence or attempted sexual assault." I think we need them. Thankfully no member of my family has experienced this and I hope none of their critics on here do either. Count yourselves lucky if you have not been abused. John the resonator

4:43pm Sat 31 Jul 10

Mary Lou says...

Its a Quango.
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Funding comes from The Home Office, the NHS, Thurrock Council, Basildon Council and Essex Social Services. Yes and charitable donations.

Some of the aims are laudable but to the best of my knowledge there is no war going on in Essex. As to the provision of a consultation service to local, national and International agencies ? A lot of the activities seem to repeat those of central Government eg The National Statistical Office.

Yep its a Quango all right.

SERICC's Responsive Services include:
* Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women with learning disabilities
* Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women whose hearing is impared
* Support of women raped in war/conflict
* Raising awareness of women's issues and campaigning about women's issues
* Court Procedures and Criminal Injury Compensation Claims information and advocacy
* Criminal Justice System information
* Representing women's issues on national and local statutory and governmental committees
* Displays and information at events in the community
* Maintaining links with agencies who have similar aims locally, nationally and internationally
* A sexual violence consultation service to local, national and international agencies
* Active involvement in innovative rape and sexual violence projects including education and awareness raising amongst young people
* Collation of sexual assault statistical information to be used locally and nationally to inform the development and improvement of women centred service provision.
Its a Quango. . Funding comes from The Home Office, the NHS, Thurrock Council, Basildon Council and Essex Social Services. Yes and charitable donations. Some of the aims are laudable but to the best of my knowledge there is no war going on in Essex. As to the provision of a consultation service to local, national and International agencies ? A lot of the activities seem to repeat those of central Government eg The National Statistical Office. Yep its a Quango all right. SERICC's Responsive Services include: * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women with learning disabilities * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women whose hearing is impared * Support of women raped in war/conflict * Raising awareness of women's issues and campaigning about women's issues * Court Procedures and Criminal Injury Compensation Claims information and advocacy * Criminal Justice System information * Representing women's issues on national and local statutory and governmental committees * Displays and information at events in the community * Maintaining links with agencies who have similar aims locally, nationally and internationally * A sexual violence consultation service to local, national and international agencies * Active involvement in innovative rape and sexual violence projects including education and awareness raising amongst young people * Collation of sexual assault statistical information to be used locally and nationally to inform the development and improvement of women centred service provision. Mary Lou

5:14pm Sat 31 Jul 10

John the resonator says...

As as a woman, are you saying these services are not needed, especially at a time when there is likely to be a lot of scaling back of national or local authority/NHS services?

As I said, I count myself fortunate that no member of my family has been sexually abused or exploited.
As as a woman, are you saying these services are not needed, especially at a time when there is likely to be a lot of scaling back of national or local authority/NHS services? As I said, I count myself fortunate that no member of my family has been sexually abused or exploited. John the resonator

5:32pm Sat 31 Jul 10

Mary Lou says...

As a woman I have sympathy for the plight of those woman in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
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As a taxpayer the toal tax revenue for the UK is £457 Billion per annum. We owe £900+ Billion.
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Charity begins at home, have a look at their offices, which have won design awards. They ain't working in the conditions similar to the rundown classrooms or hospitals.
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The previous labour government came up with some real corkers of diversity schemes, which we no longer can indulge.
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I would love for this government to prduce a list of all the quangos in existnce and ask people to vote for whether they should continue.
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I want my money to go to my children, not for some right on feminist to go on about how women are oppressed.
As a woman I have sympathy for the plight of those woman in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. . As a taxpayer the toal tax revenue for the UK is £457 Billion per annum. We owe £900+ Billion. . Charity begins at home, have a look at their offices, which have won design awards. They ain't working in the conditions similar to the rundown classrooms or hospitals. . The previous labour government came up with some real corkers of diversity schemes, which we no longer can indulge. . I would love for this government to prduce a list of all the quangos in existnce and ask people to vote for whether they should continue. . I want my money to go to my children, not for some right on feminist to go on about how women are oppressed. Mary Lou

6:06pm Sat 31 Jul 10

karen29 says...

Mary Lou wrote:
Its a Quango. . Funding comes from The Home Office, the NHS, Thurrock Council, Basildon Council and Essex Social Services. Yes and charitable donations. Some of the aims are laudable but to the best of my knowledge there is no war going on in Essex. As to the provision of a consultation service to local, national and International agencies ? A lot of the activities seem to repeat those of central Government eg The National Statistical Office. Yep its a Quango all right. SERICC's Responsive Services include: * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women with learning disabilities * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women whose hearing is impared * Support of women raped in war/conflict * Raising awareness of women's issues and campaigning about women's issues * Court Procedures and Criminal Injury Compensation Claims information and advocacy * Criminal Justice System information * Representing women's issues on national and local statutory and governmental committees * Displays and information at events in the community * Maintaining links with agencies who have similar aims locally, nationally and internationally * A sexual violence consultation service to local, national and international agencies * Active involvement in innovative rape and sexual violence projects including education and awareness raising amongst young people * Collation of sexual assault statistical information to be used locally and nationally to inform the development and improvement of women centred service provision.
Obviously men and boys never suffer rape, incest or sexual abuse? It only campaigns and offers counselling for female victims - why not male victims?
[quote][p][bold]Mary Lou[/bold] wrote: Its a Quango. . Funding comes from The Home Office, the NHS, Thurrock Council, Basildon Council and Essex Social Services. Yes and charitable donations. Some of the aims are laudable but to the best of my knowledge there is no war going on in Essex. As to the provision of a consultation service to local, national and International agencies ? A lot of the activities seem to repeat those of central Government eg The National Statistical Office. Yep its a Quango all right. SERICC's Responsive Services include: * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women with learning disabilities * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women whose hearing is impared * Support of women raped in war/conflict * Raising awareness of women's issues and campaigning about women's issues * Court Procedures and Criminal Injury Compensation Claims information and advocacy * Criminal Justice System information * Representing women's issues on national and local statutory and governmental committees * Displays and information at events in the community * Maintaining links with agencies who have similar aims locally, nationally and internationally * A sexual violence consultation service to local, national and international agencies * Active involvement in innovative rape and sexual violence projects including education and awareness raising amongst young people * Collation of sexual assault statistical information to be used locally and nationally to inform the development and improvement of women centred service provision.[/p][/quote]Obviously men and boys never suffer rape, incest or sexual abuse? It only campaigns and offers counselling for female victims - why not male victims? karen29

6:44pm Sat 31 Jul 10

John the resonator says...

Clearly men and boys do also suffer rape, incest or sexual abuse and services should be available for them too.
Clearly men and boys do also suffer rape, incest or sexual abuse and services should be available for them too. John the resonator

6:48pm Sat 31 Jul 10

John the resonator says...

Mary Lou we will not agree but I am with you on the issue about palatial offices and good working conditions for the staff.

Clearly I would want to see every penny possible go to the victims, not on creature comforts.

I felt the same when the NSPCC was in Southend.

Can we shake hands on that?
Mary Lou we will not agree but I am with you on the issue about palatial offices and good working conditions for the staff. Clearly I would want to see every penny possible go to the victims, not on creature comforts. I felt the same when the NSPCC was in Southend. Can we shake hands on that? John the resonator

9:17am Sun 1 Aug 10

Mary Lou says...

Done and agreed.
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But may I add what a good thing this government did when it published the salaries of people paid from the public purse.
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How many people need to earn more than the Prime Minister to run a local Public Service ?
Done and agreed. . But may I add what a good thing this government did when it published the salaries of people paid from the public purse. . How many people need to earn more than the Prime Minister to run a local Public Service ? Mary Lou

9:06pm Sun 1 Aug 10

John the resonator says...

Yes that's something else I agree with you on Mary Lou (wow!)
Yes that's something else I agree with you on Mary Lou (wow!) John the resonator

9:49am Mon 2 Aug 10

DannyK86 says...

Mary Lou wrote:
Its a Quango. . Funding comes from The Home Office, the NHS, Thurrock Council, Basildon Council and Essex Social Services. Yes and charitable donations. Some of the aims are laudable but to the best of my knowledge there is no war going on in Essex. As to the provision of a consultation service to local, national and International agencies ? A lot of the activities seem to repeat those of central Government eg The National Statistical Office. Yep its a Quango all right. SERICC's Responsive Services include: * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women with learning disabilities * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women whose hearing is impared * Support of women raped in war/conflict * Raising awareness of women's issues and campaigning about women's issues * Court Procedures and Criminal Injury Compensation Claims information and advocacy * Criminal Justice System information * Representing women's issues on national and local statutory and governmental committees * Displays and information at events in the community * Maintaining links with agencies who have similar aims locally, nationally and internationally * A sexual violence consultation service to local, national and international agencies * Active involvement in innovative rape and sexual violence projects including education and awareness raising amongst young people * Collation of sexual assault statistical information to be used locally and nationally to inform the development and improvement of women centred service provision.
It's a charity. Many charities receive government funding to deliver services - it's something that the Tories started off originally and it's only going to get more prominent under Cameron's 'Big Society' programme. A quango is a 'Quasi-Autonomous Non-Government Organisation', staffed by public servants and essentially an agency of the civil service. Big difference.
[quote][p][bold]Mary Lou[/bold] wrote: Its a Quango. . Funding comes from The Home Office, the NHS, Thurrock Council, Basildon Council and Essex Social Services. Yes and charitable donations. Some of the aims are laudable but to the best of my knowledge there is no war going on in Essex. As to the provision of a consultation service to local, national and International agencies ? A lot of the activities seem to repeat those of central Government eg The National Statistical Office. Yep its a Quango all right. SERICC's Responsive Services include: * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women with learning disabilities * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women whose hearing is impared * Support of women raped in war/conflict * Raising awareness of women's issues and campaigning about women's issues * Court Procedures and Criminal Injury Compensation Claims information and advocacy * Criminal Justice System information * Representing women's issues on national and local statutory and governmental committees * Displays and information at events in the community * Maintaining links with agencies who have similar aims locally, nationally and internationally * A sexual violence consultation service to local, national and international agencies * Active involvement in innovative rape and sexual violence projects including education and awareness raising amongst young people * Collation of sexual assault statistical information to be used locally and nationally to inform the development and improvement of women centred service provision.[/p][/quote]It's a charity. Many charities receive government funding to deliver services - it's something that the Tories started off originally and it's only going to get more prominent under Cameron's 'Big Society' programme. A quango is a 'Quasi-Autonomous Non-Government Organisation', staffed by public servants and essentially an agency of the civil service. Big difference. DannyK86

5:54pm Mon 2 Aug 10

Mary Lou says...

DannyK86 wrote:
Mary Lou wrote:
Its a Quango. . Funding comes from The Home Office, the NHS, Thurrock Council, Basildon Council and Essex Social Services. Yes and charitable donations. Some of the aims are laudable but to the best of my knowledge there is no war going on in Essex. As to the provision of a consultation service to local, national and International agencies ? A lot of the activities seem to repeat those of central Government eg The National Statistical Office. Yep its a Quango all right. SERICC's Responsive Services include: * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women with learning disabilities * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women whose hearing is impared * Support of women raped in war/conflict * Raising awareness of women's issues and campaigning about women's issues * Court Procedures and Criminal Injury Compensation Claims information and advocacy * Criminal Justice System information * Representing women's issues on national and local statutory and governmental committees * Displays and information at events in the community * Maintaining links with agencies who have similar aims locally, nationally and internationally * A sexual violence consultation service to local, national and international agencies * Active involvement in innovative rape and sexual violence projects including education and awareness raising amongst young people * Collation of sexual assault statistical information to be used locally and nationally to inform the development and improvement of women centred service provision.
It's a charity. Many charities receive government funding to deliver services - it's something that the Tories started off originally and it's only going to get more prominent under Cameron's 'Big Society' programme. A quango is a 'Quasi-Autonomous Non-Government Organisation', staffed by public servants and essentially an agency of the civil service. Big difference.
Call them what you like, only some 23% of their income comes from donations, the rest is from Local and central Government funding.
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Its a small amount all the 38 centres put together have only a total combined income of £3.5 million.
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I still don't get the war zone work, their hasn't been one in Essex since The ECW.
[quote][p][bold]DannyK86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary Lou[/bold] wrote: Its a Quango. . Funding comes from The Home Office, the NHS, Thurrock Council, Basildon Council and Essex Social Services. Yes and charitable donations. Some of the aims are laudable but to the best of my knowledge there is no war going on in Essex. As to the provision of a consultation service to local, national and International agencies ? A lot of the activities seem to repeat those of central Government eg The National Statistical Office. Yep its a Quango all right. SERICC's Responsive Services include: * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women with learning disabilities * Sexual violence counselling and advocacy for women whose hearing is impared * Support of women raped in war/conflict * Raising awareness of women's issues and campaigning about women's issues * Court Procedures and Criminal Injury Compensation Claims information and advocacy * Criminal Justice System information * Representing women's issues on national and local statutory and governmental committees * Displays and information at events in the community * Maintaining links with agencies who have similar aims locally, nationally and internationally * A sexual violence consultation service to local, national and international agencies * Active involvement in innovative rape and sexual violence projects including education and awareness raising amongst young people * Collation of sexual assault statistical information to be used locally and nationally to inform the development and improvement of women centred service provision.[/p][/quote]It's a charity. Many charities receive government funding to deliver services - it's something that the Tories started off originally and it's only going to get more prominent under Cameron's 'Big Society' programme. A quango is a 'Quasi-Autonomous Non-Government Organisation', staffed by public servants and essentially an agency of the civil service. Big difference.[/p][/quote]Call them what you like, only some 23% of their income comes from donations, the rest is from Local and central Government funding. . Its a small amount all the 38 centres put together have only a total combined income of £3.5 million. . I still don't get the war zone work, their hasn't been one in Essex since The ECW. Mary Lou

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