Terrorism victims and survivors work to continue as funding secured

March 23, 2014 | Nick Taylor

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, today confirmed that the Foundation for Peace work with victims and survivors of terrorism and political violence is to continue, funded for the next fiscal year. In his statement (see below), the Chancellor also commits to working with the Foundation to “finding a lasting solution” to fund this work.

The announcement forms a part of the 2014 Budget Statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 March 2014. The Prime Minister, David Cameron is to meet the founders of the charity Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry OBE to confirm his personal support.

The confirmation of funding comes after a period of uncertainty over the future for the Survivors for Peace programme. ‘Survivors’ has operated for twelve years and assists victims, survivors and those people in Great Britain and Northern Ireland affected by terrorism, war and political violence.

The programme specifically addresses the legacy of the ‘Troubles’ for those in Great Britain as well as assisting people affected by any past or contemporary global incident. It forms a part of the Foundation’s work to prevent, resolve and respond to violent conflict.

Foundation Chief Executive, Nick Taylor, welcomed the news: “This announcement follows 15 months of intensive discussions and shows the positive face of politics.

“The Government, senior members of the opposition and the Northern Ireland executive parties are completely engaged and supportive.

“This commitment by the Chancellor will send a strong message to those in our society who have been affected by terrorism and political violence that they are not alone.”

Tomorrow, 20th March is the 21st anniversary of the Warrington bombing that killed Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball, injuring 54 others and affecting many more people. Tim’s parents Colin and Wendy founded the charity and continue to campaign for peace.

Colin Parry said: “We bring people to the Foundation who have suffered at the hands of terrorism, as Wendy and I have.

“We help reduce their sense of isolation, we give them a point of connection, we introduce them to other people, they develop friendships and they begin to find their normal lives, where previously they may have felt lost.

“Terrorism can affect anybody, anytime, anywhere and Governments alone cannot intercept and prevent all terrorism. The work of organisations like the Foundation is absolutely critical and Wendy and I are immensely grateful for the funding announced in the budget.”

Extract from the Budget Statement 2014 – George Osborne

Tomorrow is the 21st anniversary of the IRA bomb that killed young Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball.

Survivors for Peace was set up by Tim’s parents, Colin and Wendy, and it no longer receives lottery funding. My Honourable Friend for Warrington South and the RHM for Dulwich have both raised this issue, and I know myself what incredible work they do.

To honour the memory of all victims of terrorism we will provide the funding the programme needs.

Extract from the Budget Statement 2014 Debate – David Mowat

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David Mowat: I want to talk a bit about all those things, but first I want to say something about the support the Chancellor has been able to give the Foundation for Peace—the peace centre in Warrington. There was an issue to address, as it was funded from the lottery and that funding will run out in April. The work the centre does for victims, both of the troubles in Northern Ireland and of 7/7, was under threat, and the support that has now been given will fix that. It is also true—I know Colin and Wendy Parry agree with this—that the funding must be put on a sustainable basis, as the centre needs to do more projects over time with the Home Office and the Foreign Office and all that goes with that.

Guy Opperman: I totally endorse what my hon. Friend said. Does he also welcome the use of the LIBOR funds to support the scouts, girl guides and emergency services, and the waiving of the VAT for air ambulances, which is much welcomed after a long campaign in this House?

David Mowat: I support that, and I just reiterate the words the Chancellor used: those who have the worst values in our society are being used to fund those who have the best values in our society. That just about sums it up.