Government supportThe Government’s response to the London bombings has involved many different departments and agencies. See below a list of the main central government departments you might be in touch with.
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
The department responsible for the planning of memorial services, anniversary events and permanent memorials, as well as the home department of Tessa Jowell, Minister for Aftercare. Tessa Jowell was formally appointed by the Prime Minister to be the lead minister in ensuring that aftercare services are delivered quickly and effectively to all those affected by major incidents. The minister works with all the relevant Government departments involved in aftercare, and is responsible for improving the Government’s humanitarian response and aftercare provision in the future.
Department for Communities and Local Government
Responsible for London’s regional resilience team and the country’s fire service, DCLG supports local government authorities to ensure that, following incidents, support services are in place and available to residents.
Department of Health
Responsibility for hospitals and the ambulance service, local health authorities and patient care, as well as psychological support and counselling services around the country.
The lead department on policing and terrorist incidents within the UK, the Home Office is also responsible for UK compensation (Criminal Injuries Compensations Scheme), and support for all UK victims of crime. The Home Office provides funding to Victim Support, which operates regional support services around the country.
Department for Work and Pensions
The department can give advice on social security benefits, pensions and child support matters. Anyone needing advice on such matters should contact their nearest DWP office.