Refuges: Finance

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 1st May 2019.

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Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department holds information on the amount of Government funding allocated to women's refuges for each calendar year after 2013.

Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department holds information on the amount of Government funding planned for women's refuges for the next calendar year.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Since 2014 MHCLG has invested £55.5 million in services in England to support victims of domestic abuse, including refuges.

Our £10 million fund to local authorities (2014-2016), where we released £3 million in 2014 and £7 million in 2015, helped 148 local authorities strengthen refuge provision for victims and offer support to women from outside their own area.

The £3.5 million fund (2015-2016), also released in 2015, supported 46 local authorities and their partners to deliver 710 new bed spaces for 3,798 victims of domestic abuse.

Through our £20 million fund (2016-2018) we released £3.2 million in 2016 and £17.2 million in 2017. This supported 80 projects across the country, helping to create more than 2,000 bed spaces and giving support to over 19,000 victims and their families.

My Department’s current £22 million fund (2018-2020) is supporting 63 projects across England to provide support for over 25,000 victims, and their families, and over 2,200 additional bed spaces in accommodation-based services, including refuge. To facilitate this, we released £9.8 million in 2018 and on 30 April 2019 we released the final instalment of £12.2 million to cover the 2019 to 2020 financial year. Funding beyond March 2020 is for decision at the next Spending Review.

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