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Rape crisis centres need funds, Assembly tells Boris

PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 05 October 2010

CALLS for funds to set up rape crisis centres have been made by the London Assembly. Members are demanding Boris Johnson puts cash in to operate four centres by the end of the year

CALLS for funds to set up rape crisis centres have been made by the London Assembly.

Members are demanding Boris Johnson puts cash in to operate four centres by the end of the year.

They want to 'hold him to account' after last year's election manifesto when he ran for Mayor with a pledge to funds the projects out of savings from City Hall's media budget.

Assembly member Jenny Jones said: "Providing the proper support for victims of rape is hugely important. There surely cannot be anyone who doesn't agree that London needs more crisis centres."

Boris announced earlier this year a £1.4m saving after shutting down the The Londoner free paper. The Assembly voted yesterday to urge the Mayor to use £832,000 of the savings if 'match' funding from other sources can't be found.

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