Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has approached the Government’s housing minister calling for a swift decision on the allocation of new funding for domestic violence refuge services.
The PCC has written to Newark MP Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, welcoming the launch of the Safe Accommodation Fund – a £15m boost announced in November for the provision of specialist support and safe accommodation to help victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives.
The fund is available to all local authorities during 2020-21 for the commissioning of support to victims of domestic abuse and their children within safe accommodation.
In his letter, Mr Tipping highlighted the need for funding decisions to be announced quickly to secure Nottinghamshire’s existing services and minimise the risk of losing trained and experience refuge support workers.
He said: “In Nottinghamshire we have strong local commitment to tackling domestic abuse. The City and County Councils and I invest over £3.5m annually into a wide range of specialist domestic support services and we already have specialist multiagency strategic partnerships in place which are very similar to the proposed Local Partnership Boards.
“I am also very supportive of the forthcoming bids to the Safe Accommodation Fund from Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.
“In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire almost half our 77 refuge units are currently MHCLG funded. If further MHCLG funding is not secured, we will be unable to sustain them locally.”
The PCC expressed concerns over a potential time delay between the current funding finishing and the new investment beginning and said partners were working locally to identify ‘bridging funding’ to secure services temporarily, should this occur.
“It would be very helpful if MHCLG could announce its funding decisions as early as possible to minimise the risk of services losing trained and experienced refuge staff and valued premises; and to ensure that women and children continue to be able to flee violence and harm,” he added.
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Posted on Monday 20th January 2020