HC Deb 10 May 1995 vol 259 c493W
Mr. Madden

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what funding is provided by Her Majesty's Government to support women's refuges throughout the United Kingdom; how much is to be provided in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement. [23093]

Mr. Robert B. Jones

In 1995–96 the Government will be providing through the Housing Corporation about £3.25 million in revenue support for 1,910 bed spaces in women's refuges, and capital amounting to £2.5 million to develop further schemes. The Government are also making available to the Women's Aid Federation (England) £151,200 in core funding to provide support services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence in the home; £49,000 towards their national telephone help line and £55,000 over three years to fund a national housing co-ordinator. Other Government funding includes £252,662 to Welsh Women's Aid and an estimated £362,000 for projects in individual refuges and advice centres in Wales; £45,000 to Scottish Women's Aid for projects associated with tackling homelessness by women escaping domestic violence; and £159,609 in grant under sections 9 and 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 for training and administration costs.

Funding for future years depends upon the outcome of public expenditure decisions.

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