MP introduces Bill to protect and enhance refuge provision for women fleeing domestic violence

Lewes Lib Dem MP Norman Baker has introduced a Bill into Parliament in the light of grave concerns he has about the provision of refuges for women, and the commissioning practices being adopted by local authorities.

The Bill passed its First Reading unopposed, and is scheduled for its next stage on Friday 6 March, but unlikely to make any further progress, given the imminence of the General Election.

Norman says:I have visited my local refuge, as well as others around the country when I was Home Office minister, and recognise the essential nature of this provision. It is vital that we do not see cuts to this area of local government responsibility and my Bill would guarantee a minimum level of provision and also rule out unhelpful council commissioning practices, such as excluding women from outside the immediate area, when the immediate area is often the last place women fleeing violence want to end up.”

  • Transcript to Norman’s introduction to the Bill can be found

  •  A copy of the Bill can be found: