Agenda item - Domestic Abuse Act Strategy and Funding Award Options

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Domestic Abuse Act Strategy and Funding Award Options

Report of the Executive Director for Housing, Neighbourhoods, and Communities (Copy Attached).

Decision:

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee:

 

1. Agrees to allocate available funding in accordance with paragraphs 3.12 and 3.13 of this report.

 

2. Notes the draft strategy attached at Appendix 1.

Minutes:

41.1 Jo Player introduced the report starting on page 33 of the Agenda.

 

41.2 Councillor Grimshaw was informed that discussions will be taken with the Commissioner but there will be contract standing orders that have to be followed, but it is unlikely that it will need to go a full procurement process.

 

41.3 Councillor Brown was informed that options such as dispersed accommodation and potential funding for the Sanctuary Scheme would help to combat issues.

 

41.4 Councillor Simson was informed that there hasn’t been an update about the continuation of funding, however there are some indications that it would continue. As there are small amounts of money it would be unlikely that they would go through the procurement process.

 

41.5 Councillor Rainey raised that the consultation on the draft strategy is currently running until the 19th of December, and that the provision for victims and survivors of domestic abuse needs to be adaptable for many different people that aren’t the traditional family unit.

 

41.6 Councillor Childs was informed that the LGBT Refuge Provision Committee was agreed until September 2022, and other schemes would be looked at to add additional funds.

 

41.7 Councillor Simson commented that she commends the writers of the strategy and hopes that it improves further.

 

41.8 Councillor Grimshaw commented that refuges aren’t necessarily the way forward, and solutions need to be more diverse.

 

41.9 Councillor Evans was informed that the £241,000 isn’t ringfenced for domestic abuse services but there is every intention to use it for those services, and that recommendations would be coming back to Committee for that spend.

 

41.10 Jo Martindale was informed that the money should be spent by the end of the financial year, but that if there has been a commitment to the spend, the money wouldn’t be requested to be sent back to Central Government.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee:

 

1. Agrees to allocate available funding in accordance with paragraphs 3.12 and 3.13 of this report.

 

2. Notes the draft strategy attached at Appendix 1.

Supporting documents:

 


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