Fragile funding landscape

Fragile funding landscapeThe extent of local authority commissioning in the domestic abuse refuge sector in England 2020

Our latest report, ‘Fragile funding landscape: the extent of local authority commissioning in the domestic abuse refuge sector in England 2020’, reveals the huge number of refuge services running without any statutory funding, including a significant proportion of specialist services ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised women.

Findings from the report are discussed further in our Safe blog here.

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This report finds that:

  • More than 1 in 5 refuge services in England received no local authority commissioned funding in 2019/20 (60 out of 269 refuge services)
  • 18.5% of all refuge bedspaces running in November 2020 were not funded through local authority commissioning (788 out of 4251 bedspaces)
  • There were 18 refuge services run by specialist ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised women’s organisations running at November 2020. A much higher percentage, 57.5% (146 out of 254), of spaces in these services were provided by non-commissioned refuge services, compared to the overall 18.5%.
  • Women’s Aid survey data shows that only 19.8% of commissioned services (20 out of 101) received enough funding to cover all of their support staff costs.
  • The current commissioned refuge sector is currently supported by a significant number of non-commissioned spaces. Without these, the shortfall in spaces would increase from 24.5% to 42.5%.

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