Issue details

New Burdens Funding for New Statutory Domestic Abuse Duty (2021-22) - Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

Under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has awarded a grant of £1,846,117 to Leeds City Council. The grant period is 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022.

The grant covers revenue expenditure relating to the functions set out in the new statutory duty (within the Domestic Abuse Bill) on Tier 1 Local Authorities, relating to the provision of support to victims of domestic abuse and their children residing within safe accommodation and to the development of a multi-agency Local Partnership Board (LPB) to support LAs in performing certain specified functions. 

Approval is being sought to:

·  accept the grant allocation from MHCLG

·  award grants to a number of organisations to enhance the support to survivors and victims of domestic abuse living in safe accommodation

·  allocate a small proportion of the overall grant to LCC in order to fund the additional administrative burden associated with the new Statutory Duty


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/05/2021

Decision due: Not before 2nd Jun 2021 by Director of Communities, Housing & Environment

Lead director: Director of Communities, Housing & Environment

Department: Communities, Housing and Environment

Contact: Alison Ferguson, Commissioning and Contracts Officer Email:

Consultation process

Ongoing consultation will be undertaken via:

  the Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board (DALPB)

  the Domestic Abuse Voice and Accountability (DAVA) forum

  conversations with people who have experienced / are experiencing domestic abuse


Members of the DALPB (chaired by the Executive Member for Communities):


Members of the Domestic Abuse Voice and Accountability forum (a wide-ranging group of frontline services who support service users who are experiencing/have experienced  domestic abuse)


People who have lived / are living in safe accommodation who are survivors and victims of domestic abuse.