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Women's Refuges

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 15th March 2006.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what initiatives his Department (a) has implemented and (b) plans to implement to assist local authorities to make progress towards a target of one women's refuge bed to every 10,000 population.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)

holding answer 6 March 2006

Best Value Performance Indicator (BVPI) 225, introduced on 1 April 2005, aims to assess the overall provision and effectiveness of local authority services in England, designed to help victims of domestic violence. It includes 11 questions covering a range of activities and is measured as a percentage score of the number of questions to which an authority can answer yes. Question 2 asks Is there within the local authority area a minimum of 1 refuge place per ten thousand population?"

In 2003 the Government announced major investment in refuge provision in England in 2003–06. A total of £32.1 million capital has been allocated (£15.7 million through the Housing Corporation and £16.4 million from the Homelessness and Housing Support Directorate in ODPM), providing 427 units of accommodation.

The allocation was based on bids made by housing associations to the Housing Corporation. The bids were needs led and based on local priorities identified by local authorities in consultation with local domestic violence agencies, with priority given to projects arising from local authority housing and homelessness strategy reviews.

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