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Women’s Aid ‘relieved and delighted’ by cross-party support for separate funding model for refuges

Commons select committees publish joint report

Women's Aid has expressed relief and delight that cross-party support has been secured for its call for a separate funding model for refuges. This has been set out in the report published on 1 May 2017 by the Work and Pensions and Communities and Local Government Select Committees, following their joint inquiry into the future of the supported housing sector. In particular, Women's Aid welcomed the fact that it is recognised that refuges must be able to operate as a national network because many women need to flee local authority boundaries for their own safety. The Women's Aid Annual Survey 2016 found that two-thirds of women and children in refuge fled from a different area.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women's Aid, said:

"We welcome the recommendation that Government works with us and our members to devise a new and separate funding solution to that of the rest of the supported housing sector. We look forward to working closely with the new Government after the election to do this. The new funding model will go a long way towards helping the Government meet the targets of its ambitious VAWG strategy, as well as fulfilling the obligations set out in the Istanbul Convention. It could be the step change we need to save women's lives – and with two women a week being killed on average by a partner or ex-partner in England and Wales, this could not come a moment too soon."

For the report, click here.