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A victim of domestic violence: The bruising is bad enough but, if funding to support groups is cut, how long will it be before somebody dies?

You can clearly see the evil of Tory austerity cuts to local authorities in action here: We have a Labour-led council being forced to end funding for a vital service because it has no money, and as a result, people are likely to die.

The Tories are responsible but Labour will get the blame.

What’s the answer? It would be easy to say the council should restructure its priorities to allow more funding for SYWA – but very hard to achieve. The Tories have cut funding to the bone, meaning local authorities only have money for statutory services – those they must provide by law. Even then, most councils are struggling.

There seems to be no mechanism to force central government into providing proper funding.

So what is to be done?

Do we have to wait for yet another person to die because of Tory cuts?

South Yorkshire Women’s Aid (SYWA) in Doncaster offers support, advice and therapy for survivors of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence, and their children. But SYWA has struggled to keep its doors open, due to, it says, the Labour-led local authority’s unwillingness to fund it properly.

The centre, originally Doncaster Women’s Aid, closed for the first time in March 2016 due to lack of funding. But after a sustained campaign, the council awarded it a £30,000 grant and the doors reopened as SYWA in January 2017. However, this money is only enough to keep it open until December. And after that, the council says there is no more funding available.

So, SYWA is having to crowdfund for its future, which you can donate to here.

Source: Tory austerity means ‘women will die’ because of cuts to public services | The Canary


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