The Home Office will continue to fund a charity which helps lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victims of domestic violence.
Manchester-based charity Broken Rainbow offers LGBT people information about talking to police, where to get legal advice or counselling if they are abused by a loved one.
Last year, the government announced that it would cut its financial support of the charity. As the majority of Broken Rainbow’s money comes from year-on year funding from the Home Office this meant they were faced with the possibility of closure.
However last week, Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece submitted a written question to the government in the House of Lords about what plans they had to support the organisation.
In response, Home Office minister Lord Michael Bates claimed that the government was “committed to tackling domestic violence and abuse” and said that Broken Rainbow “plays an important role in supporting [LGBT] victims of domestic abuse”. The government “will be renewing funding to support its helpline for 2016/17”, he announced.
While Baroness Hussein-Ece welcomed the government’s extension of the charity’s funding, she said keeping organisations like Broken Rainbow on “tenterhooks each year regarding funding announcements cannot be helpful” to the work they do.
“Long-term planning needs to be a priority for the Home Office”, she insisted.
Broken Rainbow has previously tried to draw attention to the high levels of domestic violence in LGBT relationships.