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Lloyds Bank Foundation launches £3m fund for domestic abuse charities

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has announced a £3m fund to strengthen the domestic abuse sector over a three-year period, but urged government to sort out commissioning structures.

It has identified the domestic abuse sector as one where there is “urgent need to make a strategic investment” and wants to bring about reform of the commissioning process for small domestic abuse charities, which has been criticised in following the collapse of Eaves.

In a recent report, Expert yet undervalued and on the front line, the foundation highlighted that poor public service commissioning and reduced funding available meant that there the survival of specialist charities is “seriously threatened”.

The foundation called on the government to do more to support the sector by reforming its commissioning processes and ensuring that there is enough statutory funding available for domestic violence services.

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