Huge Cuts to Refuge Funding Threaten Survival of National Network

At the NEEVAWG network meeting on 21st April, Claire Philipson (CEO of Wearside Women in Need) gave a presentation on the potential catastrophic impact of the Governments proposal to cap the amount of housing benefit for supported accommodation - including refuge. The cap, which is due to be applied from April 2018, could cut revenue from housing benefit by up to 80% and will almost certainly result in the wholesale closure of refuges across England and Wales.

Taking Forward Women Centred Solutions - A new guide

Women Centred Working initiative has published a new guide to help councils and their partners explore potential benefits that doing things in a ‘women centred’ way can bring to local services and communities.

Taking Forward Women Centred Solutions demonstrates how gendered approaches can help unlock solutions to complex problems and deliver multiple outcomes for vulnerable women and their families – whilst making better use of public resources.

Campaign on Stalking

At the start of National Stalking Awareness Week, the Women’s Equality party (WE) and Paladin launched their campaign for tougher measures and better awareness of the crime of stalking, calling for immediate action to bring the law on stalking into full effect and reduce the risk to women.

New Interim Regulations for Family Law Legal Aid

In response to the judgment in a recent judicial review brought by Rights of Women (RoW), the Ministry of Justice has committed to undertaking a review of the regulations for family law legal aid and the impact of the domestic violence evidence. RoW are working closely with the Ministry of Justice to inform this review. In the meantime the Government has introduced interim regulations to deal with the two areas of concern highlighted by Lord Justice Longmore in his judgment of 18 February.


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