Stop funding cuts to Lancashire Refuges

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Stop funding cuts to Lancashire Refuges

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Sarah Collins started this petition to lancashire county council

In their budget Lancashire County Council announced that they would be making cuts to the Supporting People budget.

The council need to save £262m over the next 4 years and this cut means they'll no longer provide funding for the non-statutory part of the Supporting People budget which includes funding for Lancashire's 9 refuges which are a lifeline for victims of domestic abuse across the county.

Refuges provide a safe place for women and children who are at high risk of serious harm and homicide to stay whilst getting support to help them back into the community. The cut in funding will have a huge impact in what services can be provided and means staff who help to provide these vital services will be at risk of redundancy.

It means Refuges across Lancashire are now faced with the challenge of having to find money from elsewhere, making major changes or having to close down completely.

John and Penny Clough's daughter Jane was murdered by her ex-partner in 2010, they've since worked tirelessly to raise awareness of domestic abuse and say this simply cannot be allowed to happen as it plays into the hands of the perpetrator and will put lives at risk.

John says: "How can it be right to take away money from domestic abuse services that help men, women and children?"

"We became aware that Lancashire County Council are withdrawing all the funding for refuges in Lancashire. Penny and I are patrons of Safenet at Burnley and we also have links with the refuge at the Fylde coast women's aid because of Jane's connection with Blackpool. We have been in touch with management teams there and we know the stress that this is putting on them as they work out how they're going to keep on running the refuges. As a region we are already under provided for places at women's refuges now if we're looking at losing all the funding that helps run these places from local government where is the money supposed to come from? I noticed that Fylde coast women's aid had set up a Just Giving page to help them find some funding now a Just Giving page to help run a service that helps some of the most vulnerable people is not realistic.

"We are appealing to Lancashire County Council to review that decision to cut off the funding refuges. There's a lot at stake if the refuges start to close where are victims supposed to go? Are they going to be foisted on local hospitals, community services? How are they supposed to cope with these people? How are they supposed to support them when they aren't trained in that area? The money that they spend on supporting victims will not be as cost effective as the way the refuges and their staff run it themselves as they know what they're doing what they need".

"It's not just women it's children as well who go into refuges. They need support so child social services who help counsel children who've witnessed or even experienced domestic abuse. There's a lot at stake here so we need the Lancashire County Council to re-look at this".

We want Lancashire County Council to reconsider their position and look at again keeping funding available for these vital services

We hope you support and join our campaign! #saveourrefuges

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