Domestic abuse victims to be prioritised in £76m housing package

Victims of domestic violence receive priority housing in a £ 76 million support package.

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, announced the plans today (Saturday) during the daily corona virus briefing in Downing Street.

He said a package of over £ 76 million would be given to “support the most vulnerable in society during the pandemic.”

He said it would be used to support more housing for survivors and additional support services for victims of domestic violence.

He also said it will help charities to support victims of domestic and sexual abuse and modern slavery.

Mr. Jenrick added that domestic and sexual violence can cause “emotional scars” that may never heal for some.

He said, “For victims of domestic violence, this means being trapped in a nightmare. The real evil of domestic violence is that it makes people, including children, live in fear where they should feel safest – in their own home.

“We have to live for the reality of what is happening in too many homes across the country. I want us to defend the rights of those women and children, and that’s what we’re going to do. ”

The government today revealed how 621 people died in the UK.

The death toll in the UK is now 28,131 from 5pm on Friday, the Department of Health said, up 621 from 27,510 the day before.

The most recent figures include deaths in hospitals, nursing homes and the wider community.

In other developments, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reveal plans to take the country out of closure measures next Thursday.

In detailed plans now being prepared within the government, offices, factories, and some stores are given two and a half weeks to install new government social distancing measures, such as perspex screens and gaps between offices.

The new Track and Trace program to detect and isolate new Covid-19 infection chains will also be operational by then to provide additional protection against the spread of the virus.

The power of 18,000 trackers, copied from South Korea, has been given a starting date of May 18.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said some form of locking should be applied over a long period of time to ensure that the transmission speed does not increase and the virus spreads quickly.

Mr Whitty said it was “utterly unrealistic” to think that the UK could return to normal as soon as possible.

There will be a ‘range of choices’ and ministers will choose a mix of measures to try to return to a new normal.

Lockdown’s only “exit” is a vaccine or drugs to treat coronavirus, he said.