Joe has welcomed that North Ayrshire Women’s Aid are due to be awarded the Domestic Violence housing contract but has warned that the contract still represents a substantial cut in the organisations funding.
Despite winning the contract North Ayrshire Women’s Aid will need to restructure and make some staffing changes.
Speaking on the matter Joe said,
“North Ayrshire Women’s Aid winning the contract is welcome however let’s be clear – this contract still represents a substantial cut in the organisations funding.”
“Their funding for refuge services will be reduced by around 22% whilst the contract doesn’t include £134,000 of contracts they previously had for children and addiction services.”
“Thankfully I was able to remove the clause which would have prevented them from sourcing external funding and I hope they are able to get additional funding.”
“With incidents of domestic violence in North Ayrshire 15% higher than the national average it is clear that more needs to be done to tackle the problem. The Council’s domestic violence strategy prioritises prevention which is a necessity given the scale of the problem. However, there remains a real need for the services that North Ayrshire Women’s Aid deliver and they should be supported in the work they do with some of the most vulnerable women in our community.”