The government announced measures “to support the most vulnerable in society” during the ongoing closure of the coronavirus, including coarse sleepers and victims of domestic violence.
Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, said a £ 76 million package would support safer spaces and housing for those who have experienced domestic violence, as well as for their children.
The package would also help recruit counselors to help victims of sexual violence and maintain funded charity hotlines, while it committed to ensuring victims get ‘priority need status’ for local housing .
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“You are not alone, you do not have to stay at home, you can and should leave the house if you are in danger,” Jenrick said in a message to victims of abuse. “Our excellent police will be there for you, they will help you.”
The new money comes after a national helpline last month reported a 120% increase in the number of people seeking help during the lockout.
The government has made it clear that victims of abuse are allowed to leave their homes for safety or for help.
“As the father of three daughters, I cannot even imagine women and young children being placed in this situation,” added Mr. Jenrick.
” But they are. We need to be aware of the reality of what is happening in too many homes across the country.
“I want us to defend the rights of these women and children wherever we can, and that is what we are going to do.”
The minister, who spoke at a daily media briefing on the coronavirus, also said that more than 5,400 raw sleepers had been safely sheltered by the councils in the past month.
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Government counselor Dame Louise Casey, who is already leading the government’s brutal sleep strategy, will also lead a new task force to tackle the problem during the pandemic, Jenrick said.
The minister said the policy “guaranteed that some of the most vulnerable people could stay safe during the pandemic.”
During the press conference, Jenrick announced that the number of people who died in hospitals, nursing homes and the community at large after being tested positive for Covid-19 had increased by 621 people, up to 28,131.
The death toll is now even closer to that of Italy, the highest in Europe with 28,236 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In addition, the number of virus tests performed and mailed to homes fell to 105,937 from 122,347 reported the day before.
But the figure itself was controversial, with the government accused of massaging the figures to meet the targets by including tests that had not yet been done and may not be reliable.