Jenny put a question to David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Questions about the closure of women’s refuges because of Government cuts to local authorities’ budgets.
She said she had met John and Penny Clough, whose daughter Jane was tragically murdered by her ex-partner while he was out on bail. The Cloughs are campaigning to save Lancashire’s nine women’s refuges, which are currently under threat.
“Women’s refuges are facing absolute crisis,” Jenny told Mr Cameron. “The changes that the Government propose to make to housing benefit will force the closure of women’s refuges. The Prime Minister needs urgently to look again at these changes, because unless he makes refuges exempt, they will be closing up and down the country. Will he do it?”
Mr Cameron answered: “We are doing the same kind of thing with these refuges as we did in the last Parliament with rape crisis centres. That is why the £80 million of funding is so important, and that is why my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has written to local authorities to explain that this money is available to make sure those refuges are there.”