POPAN's closure is blamed on delay in grants notification

A charity is blaming delays by the Department of Health in announcing this year's grant beneficiaries for its imminent closure.

The Prevention of Professional Abuse Network will have to close at the end of March if the department hasn't told it whether its £87,000 application for core costs has been successful.

The grant would be the first year of a third, three-year strand of funding for core costs from the department since 1998.

Voluntary organisations had expected to be notified whether their applications were successful by 12 January, based on targets set by the Department of Health in accordance with the Compact.

But a department spokeswoman said its main commitment was to award funding before April and that announcements to individual charities were imminent.

Popan, founded in 1996, is the only charity providing support for people who have been abused by health or social care professionals in England.

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