ictims’ Commissioner Dame Vera Baird is to face down, accusing ministers of “downgrading” victims’ pursuits within the Authorities’s priorities and of “side-lining” her workplace.
In a letter to Justice Secretary Brandon Lewis, Dame Vera mentioned that underneath his predecessor, Dominic Raab, she had twice been invited to use for a second time period within the publish, which was attributable to finish in June.
Nevertheless regardless of having obtained assurances from the Ministry of Justice that she was thought of to be an “appointable” candidate, there had nonetheless been no appointment and the recruitment course of was being re-run.
“Asking me to re-apply, on condition that two alternatives to re-appoint me have already handed, and my workplace is not given a lot entry to ministers, appears extra a ploy to maintain me in place as a nominal post-holder within the short-term than a real invitation,” she mentioned.
“Coupled with this, the Victims’ Invoice stays insufficient and the ‘British Invoice of Rights’ so severely threatens victims’ human rights that it undermines what little progress the Victims’ Invoice is ready to convey.
“This downgrading of victims’ pursuits within the Authorities’s priorities, together with the side-lining of the Victims’ Commissioner’s workplace and the curious recruitment course of clarify to me that there’s nothing to be gained for victims by my staying in publish past the present extension.
“As such, my time period will finish on 30 September.”
Dame Vera, a former Labour MP, solicitor basic and police and crime commissioner for Northumbria, was initially appointed to the publish championing victims’ rights in 2019.
Nevertheless, in her letter, she mentioned that not like her predecessor she was not provided an automated second time period, though she was “strongly inspired” to use when it was opened as much as competitors earlier this yr.
On the similar time she complained of an absence of entry to ministers, and that she had not met as soon as with Mr Raab since he invited her to reapply in February.
“The shortage of engagement from the highest at a time of nice upheaval for victims mirrored poorly on the Ministry of Justice’s priorities and the Authorities’s method,” she mentioned.