Created: 06 December 2017
Andrew raised the issue of housing for victims of domestic violence during questions to the Department for Communities and Local Government. You can read Andrew's full exchange with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Marcus Jones MP, below. Alternatively, you can watch the video of Andrew's question on ParliamentTV.
Communities and Local Government Question Time
Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole)
What steps his Department is taking to ensure access to safe social housing for victims of domestic violence.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Mr Marcus Jones)
Victims fleeing abuse must be given appropriate priority access to social housing. We are consulting on new guidance that makes it clear to local authorities that victims moving on from refuges should be given the appropriate priority and that any residency test should not be applied.
Members on both sides of the House hold Women’s Aid in high regard. It has stated that the Government’s new model will close refuges. What assurance can the Minister give the House that that will not be the case?
I can reassure my hon. Friend that that will not be the case. We will continue the funding at exactly the same level as currently. There will be a dedicated grant for local authorities that will be ring-fenced in the long term, and we will also make sure that vulnerable people will not need to deal with the payment of rent at a very difficult time in their lives.
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