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Refuges: Domestic Violence

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of refuges which will (a) lose funding and (b) close as a result of changes to his Department's Supporting People funding arrangements. (292522)

The provision of Supporting People housing-related support services, including domestic violence provision, is a matter for local authorities to determine based on local needs and priorities. CLG, through annual expenditure returns and quarterly Supporting People local systems data monitor the expenditure and number of available services funded from the Supporting People programme.

Based on the expenditure information provided annually by local authorities, expenditure on domestic violence services in England has increased each year in both monetary and percentage terms.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many refuges which formerly accepted only female domestic violence victims now accept both males and females. (292523)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council on the closure of its domestic violence refuge. (292524)

None. The decision regarding the commissioning, procurement and provision of domestic violence services is a matter for local authorities.