Housing for Women is delighted that the Government has announced plans to keep housing benefit in place for all those living in supported housing.
Zaiba Qureshi, Chief Executive of Housing for Women, commented: “Today’s announcement follows much lobbying from charities and housing providers like ourselves to protect funding for women’s refuges – emergency accommodation which provides an essential lifeline to women and children escaping domestic abuse, a crime which claims the lives of around two women every week in England and Wales.
Previous proposals could have led to the mass collapse of refuges across the country putting thousands of lives at risk. We are thankful that this situation has been averted, although the reality remains there are still not enough refuge spaces to meet demand.
We urge for the proposed Domestic Abuse Bill to ensure a long-term, sustainable funding for specialist services to meet the needs of survivors throughout the country, including enough refuge provision.
As 'Lisa', a resident of one of our refuges told us: ‘When I came here, I didn’t know what to do and where to start due to my personal issues with my family. But since living here I learned so many things that it is actually possible to overcome all of the struggles, hurdles and heartache that I had in the past.’
We must ensure that all women like Lisa, together with their children, have access to safe, emergency accommodation and can rebuild their lives free from violence and fear.”
For more information please email, Communications@h4w.co.uk or call 020 3794 4786