Funding to stop female genital mutilation reduced by 76 percent despite hundreds of new cases each month – The Independent

Funding to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) has been reduced by a “shocking” 76 per cent, triggering accusations that ministers are neglecting its victims.

Just £432,000 was awarded in government grants in 2019-20 – down from £1.8m the previous year, and by 84 per cent from £2.7m in 2015 when the Conservatives won a majority in parliament.

The dramatic reduction was described as “really worrying” by one support group, while a leading barrister pursuing prosecutions said it made a mockery of David Cameron’s pledge in 2014 to end FGM “within a generation”.

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