HL Deb 26 January 2004 vol 656 cc10-1WA
Baroness Anelay of St Johns

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Home Office to update guidance covering social security and other benefits for those leaving violent relationships; and which organisations have been invited to work with the Government on this project. [HL728]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham)

We are currently preparing guidance for all our staff on dealing with vulnerable people, including victims of domestic violence. The guidance is being written in consultation with a range of organisations with specialist knowledge of the different areas covered, including citizens advice bureaux and Women's Aid. We hope to issue the guidance to all front-line staff later this year.