Government U-Turn on Funding
Following the government’s announcement of planned changes to the way that short-term supported housing including refuges is funded, Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner wrote to the Home Secretary asking him to ensure the Home Office is working with other government departments to ensure that the needs of those suffering from domestic abuse are prioritised.
David Keane was concerned that refuges could miss out on funding to other short-term supported housing provision under government plans to stop refuge users from receiving housing benefit and, instead, ring-fence funding for emergency accommodation to local authorities.
Last week, the government announced that it had listened to concerns expressed by elected representatives, charities and housing providers and will continue to fund refuges, and all other short term housing provision, through housing benefit.
David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “I am delighted that the government has listened to the concerns expressed and will continue to provide sustainable and adequate funding for refuges and other short term housing provision via the welfare system.
“Refuges save lives; they are essential in enabling victims of domestic abuse to flee their perpetrator and provide a place where victims feel and can be safe. This announcement provides the certainty and security that victims and vulnerable people need to ensure they have access to supported housing when they need it most.”