Funding extended for national LGBT domestic abuse charity
Following a reception in the House of Commons Tuesday 1 March 2016 evening, hosted by Sarah Campion MP, to speak to members of the Board of Trustees for Broken Rainbow, LGBT+ Lib Dems can report the good news that funding of the UK's only national LGBT domestic abuse charity Broken Rainbow will be extended until 2016/2017. This follows a question asked by our Equalities spokesperson, Baroness Hussein-Ece in the House of Lords.
The response from Lord Bates said:
"The Government is committed to tackling domestic violence and abuse. Broken Rainbow plays an important role in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic abuse, and the Home Office has informed Broken Rainbow that it will be renewing funding to support its helpline for 2016/17."
LibDem Equalities spokesperson Baroness Hussein-Ece, said: "I am pleased that following my question, the government have extended the funding for a further year. However, with all these funding arrangements, long term planning needs to be a priority for the Home Office and keeping charities on tenterhooks each year regarding funding announcements cannot be helpful to the work of the charities involved".
LGBT+ LibDems Chair, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, stated that he was pleased that the funding for one particular charity, Broken Rainbow has been extended for a further year yet questions why it is only for one year, when the spending review was for three years. Year on year, charities are having to worry about income and providing front line services due to this uncertainty. However, following the collapse of several other LGBT+ charities including PACE, the decrease in DV support and other secondary support from Stonewall Housing and the cuts to HIV services that this current administration is likely to push through, it is essential that the Liberal Democrats actively challenge the government on these issues with the seemingly lack of a competent opposition at the current moment.