16 June 2011
Missing People's Missing Rights campaign sees an official parliamentary inquiry launched
Missing People have been campaigning to ensure families of the missing are given the same basic rights as victims of crime - and this week marked an official parliamentary inquiry into the issue.
Over 250,000 people go missing in the UK every year. While most of us will have read or heard about a disappearance, little is understood about the emotional, legal and financial burdens it can bring to those closest to the missing person.
Martin Houghton-Brown, Chief Executive of Missing People, explains: “As it stands, if your house is burgled you are automatically offered emotional, practical and legal support. If your child goes missing you may get nothing.
“From dealing with finances, insurance policies, bank accounts and mortgages through to having a missing person declared presumed dead, families left behind often struggle to deal with institutions that have no system for their clients going missing. This inquiry is a landmark opportunity for Parliamentarians to ensure that families are able to access the full range of support that they so desperately need.”
For the latest information, check out the Missing People updates on the Parliamentary inquiry.
People's Postcode Lottery players have raised more than £1.1 million for Missing People. This funding has helped 422 vulnerable people to reconnect with their families.