National Missing Helpline to close

    The National Missing Persons Helpline is to close at the end of
    the month unless it receives an immediate injection of funding,
    writes Amy Taylor.

    The charity says it needs a minimum of £300,000 from the
    government and a further £250,000 to be provided by a number
    of private trusts.

    It has also asked the government to provide it with regular
    funding. At present the Home Office only provides funding for
    short-term projects. 

    The charity says that many people wrongly believe that it is
    government-funded.

    A Home Office spokesperson said: “We have assisted them
    [NMPH] to identify suitable funding opportunities from outside
    government and we will consider the letter of February 2005 asking
    for funding once we have received their business case.”

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