Norman Baker introduces bill to protect and enhance refuge provisions for domestic violence victims

Lewes MP concerned by the provision of refuges for women and the commissioning practices adopted by local authorities

Lewes Lib Dem MP Norman Baker has introduced a Bill into Parliament in 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 is 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.”