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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.
Best Value Performance Indicator (BVPI) 225, introduced on
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.