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Tory cuts a cruel blow to vital women’s refuges

TORY austerity is having a devastating effect on refuges for victims of domestic violence and abuse, a conference heard at the weekend.

The conference was organised by the Women’s Lives Matter campaign group in Leeds on Saturday.

One of the organisers, Amy Cousens, said cuts were causing huge problems in maintaining the work of the refuges.

She said: “The situation is so dire that nearly a quarter of spending on refuges has been cut. In Leeds, since 2010, 50 per cent of funding for refuges has been cut.”

The Women’s Lives Matter campaign started in South Yorkshire.

“It has inspired women across the country to start supporting victims of domestic violence,” said Ms Cousens.

“They are raising money to keep refuges open. But what is needed is for government to introduce a statutory duty on local councils to make funding available.

“And we need a national campaign in support of women’s refuges.”

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