shadow woman

£6m for Domestic Abuse Act support

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has today (Oct 05) announced £6m of funding to support Councils’ domestic abuse services.

The Domestic Abuse Bill will come into law in April 2021, at which point, Councils will have a legal responsibility to offer support and accommodation to victims of domestic abuse and their children.

This funding means that Councils will have time to prepare these services before the law comes into place next year.

Previously, victims and children of victims may have been turned away by Council run services because they simply couldn’t offer them the support that they needed.

Because of the change in the law, thousands more victims are expected to seek support through their local council than before, and therefore will need more funding.

Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Kelly Tolhurst MP said:

Survivors of domestic abuse need safe refuge in order to escape this heinous crime, and support to start to rebuild their lives.

Councils already provide much needed support, but the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill will mean for the first time councils will have a duty to provide support in safe accommodation for anyone fleeing abuse.

The funding I am announcing today will help councils prepare for this new duty that will see thousands more survivors helped and a generation of their children able to grow up safely and free from fear of abuse.

PSE Dec/Jan 20-21

PSE Dec.Jan 20

Public services committee: Learning from Covid

Click here to read the Dec/Jan issue of our PSE magazine which looks at the lessons we can learn from Covid, what can be done better but maybe even more importantly, what we discovered during the pandemic that should be carried on even when Coronavirus is defeated. Read our interview with Chair of the Public Services Committee, Baroness Hilary Armstrong as well as invaluable insight from Bristol’s Smart City and Innovation Manager, Freyja Lockwood, on how their smart city plans are revolutionising Bristol.

Videos...

View all videos
Cyber Security

Win a £100 Amazon Voucher

Is the Public Sector safe against a cyber-attack?

Have you got 2 minutes to talk to us about cyber security?

PSE has teamed up with Checkpoint, leaders in cyber-security solutions to assess the state of cyber-security in the public sector. 

We want to educate the sector and equip you with the best protection.

Magazine Feature

Keep communities at the heart of planning

Chris Borg, NALC policy manager

Chris Borg discusses the Planning for the Future white paper and explains the importance of residents and local councils having a say when it comes to planning

More articles...

View all