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Domestic Violence

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, column 1353W, to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) on domestic violence, what additional funding is being provided to local authorities to install Sanctuary Schemes. (127110)

My Department has allocated £47.2 million to local authorities to help them tackle and prevent homelessness in their area for 2007-08. They may choose to use a proportion of this money to fund Sanctuary Schemes. However work in the London borough of Barnet has shown that in one year the installation of 40 sanctuaries, which cost approximately £68,000, led to an estimated saving of approximately £600,000. We anticipate significant savings for local authorities on this basis, due to the reduction in costs associated with homelessness within communities.

The £47.2 million is part of Communities and Local Government’s £74 million homelessness prevention grant for 2007-08 which supports schemes across local authorities and the voluntary sector.