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A Lancaster domestic violence charity is taking Lancashire County Council to court after losing out on £275,000 in funding.

Charity Empowerment needs the money to run Independent Domestic Violence Advice (IDVA) services which offer a wide range of support measures to high risk victims and pay for domestic abuse support workers in the area.

The funding would be used to run IDVA services which offer a wide range of support measures to high risk victims and pay for domestic abuse support workers.

But after losing out, Empowerment (formerly Lancaster and District Women’s Aid) have joined forces with Preston Domestic Violence Services, which has lost out on £400,000, to take legal action.

Empowerment has been running its IDVA services in Lancaster since 2007.

But itmissed out on the cash in the new tendering process and the funding has been awarded to other organisations to deliver the services.

Chief Executive of Empowerment, Ellen Miller, said: “We are devastated by the County Council’s decision to cut our funding and bring in someone else.

“We don’t think the process has been at all fair.

“We’ve been working on short term contracts for the last couple of years and now they’ve come up with a fundamentally flawed procurement process, with terrible consequences for us.”

Last year the two charities supported over 5,000 victims.

Lancashire County Council were unable to comment on a legal matter.

 

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