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

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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