“it is only right that we should set aside a significant amount of money..”

The BBC reports one of the total amounts of public funds, some £5million, granted to “victims’ and survivors’ groups” last year from the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers – although there’s an additional £1.6million from that same Office given via PEACE II. The figures were published in an Assembly written answer to a question from the DUP’s Jeffrey Donalson, MP, MLA, and he is quoted in the BBC report – “I think it is only right that we should set aside a significant amount of money for the victims sector.” Perhaps, but it’s worth looking more closely at what’s being added together, who received the funds, how much they got, and what they used the money for. Something there for just about everyone to complain about.. and not all of those questions are answered by those lists. More below the fold.Adds While the reports compare last year’s funding levels with 2002-03 it’s worthwhile noting the intervening years’ totals – before checking who’s getting what.

Year – Total

2002-03 – £468,322

2003-04 – £3,411,454

2004-05 – £3,830,845

2005-06 – £3,703,668

2006-07 – £4,812,427