Domestic Violence: Housing

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th October 2016.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reductions in local government budgets on the level of provision of housing for people affected by domestic violence.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime and we are committed to ensuring that no victim of domestic abuse is turned away from the support they need.

Our Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, launched earlier this year, sets out our ambition to improve services for women suffering from domestic abuse, dedicating £40 million of extra funding for securing the future of refuges and other accommodation-based services. This builds on the £13.5 million provided in the last spending review period. In addition, we will be providing a package of non-financial support, including commissioning guidance and tools, and expert support to help all local areas improve local commissioning, support early intervention and develop coherent pathways of support for victims of these crimes.

The Government is clear that local areas are best placed to understand local needs for services and we have devolved power and responsibility accordingly. Local areas must do the right thing and provide services that are responsive to the needs of victims of domestic abuse. Local areas should assess the need for housing for victims of domestic abuse within their local area and manage their budgets in a way that meets the need. The Government has made clear to local authorities that people who are homeless and require urgent rehousing as a result of abuse should normally be given high priority for social housing.

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