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Women’s Aid Last Resort Fund

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been allocated to the Women’s Aid Last Resort Fund since 2004 in relation to supporting women at risk of domestic abuse whose independent applications for leave to remain in the UK are being considered; and how much she plans to allocate to the Fund in each of the next three years. (197393)

[holding answer 31 March 2008]: During 2004-05 and 2005-06, the Government provided a grant of £145,000 to Women’s Aid to bolster their Last Resort Fund, a fund aimed at meeting the living costs of a small number of victims in refuges who are not covered by the Supporting People funding arrangements.

There are currently no plans to support the Last Resort Fund directly in the future. The Government do, however, recognise the particular needs faced by this small group of people and we will soon be announcing details of a new scheme where victims of domestic violence with no recourse to public funds will be eligible to receive support for their housing and living costs. Under the new scheme, victims of domestic violence whose applications for indefinite leave to remain are successful may qualify for a contribution towards these costs.