Women’s Aid responds to announcement of government’s additional emergency funding
Nicki Norman, acting chief executive at Women’s Aid, said
“We welcome today’s announcement of additional emergency funding, which is urgently needed. However, it is vital that this funding process is simple for services to access and swift to be dispensed as services face serious challenges resulting from the pandemic.
Lifesaving specialist services continue to face high demand as well as lost income, staff shortages due to Covid-19 and the trauma of supporting women in these circumstances. Despite providing expert services, staff are often underpaid and overworked.
Services also face a funding cliff-edge in March 2021, as COVID-19 funding runs out and there are no set national or local budgets for the next financial year due to delays to the spending review. Many refuge services are already telling us that they will have to start redundancy process by Christmas if there is no certainty about the next financial year.
We are calling urgently on the government to deliver a guarantee beyond March 2021 for sustainable funding for the violence against women and girls’ sector. This must include ring-fenced funding for services led ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised women, disabled women and LGBT survivors.”