Women’s Aid responds to Government announcement that the Local Housing Allowance cap will not apply to refuges
Wednesday 25th October 2017
Sian Hawkins, Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid, said:
“Lifesaving refuges who support women and children escaping domestic abuse have been given some hope today following Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement during Prime Minister’s Questions that the Local Housing Allowance cap will not be applied to support housing. An estimated 13,000 women escaped to the safety of a refuge last year. If the LHA cap was implemented, our survey shows that 67% of refuges would close, devastating our national network of lifesaving services that for many women and their children trying to escape abuse is a matter of life or death. On average, two women are killed a week in England and Wales by a partner or ex-partner.
“While women fleeing abuse and the refuge managers who run their services on a shoestring budget will get some relief from today’s news, we understand that the Government will soon be making further announcements on reforms to supported housing, of which refuges make up just 1%. We call on the Government to follow through on its commitment to transform the national approach to tackling domestic abuse and make victims safe in the knowledge that the state “will do everything it can to both support them and their children.” Only by protecting refuges in their forthcoming supported housing reforms and committing to the long-term and sustainable funding of these lifesaving services, recognising the unique role these services play and the very specific challenges they face, will the Government be able to effectively tackle domestic abuse and help women and children escape domestic abuse.”
For further information please contact the Women’s Aid press office: [email protected]