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Jess Phillips MP fighting for retaining Womens' Refuges

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RosieSW Mon 05-Sep-16 01:08:58

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HelenaDove Mon 05-Sep-16 01:16:50

Ive mentioned this several times on social housing threads Because the HB changes will affect refuges and supported housing And many have known this for a long time.

RosieSW Mon 05-Sep-16 01:19:12

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SugaryAddict Mon 05-Sep-16 01:19:45

I don't think Jess would get a very good reception on here...

RosieSW Mon 05-Sep-16 01:24:35

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RosieSW Mon 05-Sep-16 01:27:46

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rubbishbin Mon 05-Sep-16 01:31:45

I think this is a brilliant idea!

RosieSW Mon 05-Sep-16 01:34:11

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RosieSW Mon 05-Sep-16 01:49:13

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Ego147 Mon 05-Sep-16 09:04:35

Jess is a prominent campaigner for women's rights and tackling DV. She speaks out in Parliament about it and I sure she would be welcome on MN.

purits Mon 05-Sep-16 09:20:07

Would it be possible to invite her to do a Q&A session in Mumsnet to get her voice louder?

You want Jess Phillips to be even louder than she is already?shock
That tweet isn't about women's refuges. It's about JP's career.

Ego147 Mon 05-Sep-16 09:24:08

That tweet isn't about women's refuges

Look at her feed and everything she's done in Parliament and elsewhere. It's not about her career.

twitter.com/jessphillips

Cherryskypie Mon 05-Sep-16 09:25:37

She'll get loads of abuse from Corbyn zealots.

Ego147 Mon 05-Sep-16 09:28:03

She'll get loads of abuse from Corbyn zealots

She's already done a guest blog on online abuse. The online abuse she gets is appalling.

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/guest_posts/2688417-Guest-post-This-is-why-we-need-to-Reclaim-the-Internet

delboysfileofax Mon 05-Sep-16 09:34:44

From the article-
Women’s Aid said in the case of one English refuge this would slash its income from about £300 to just £60 per room per week. Some refuges cover 90% of their costs from housing benefit, the charity said.

£300 a week!!? For one room. Seems the refuge are somewhat taking the piss

Cherryskypie Mon 05-Sep-16 09:39:35

'Sue Cox, the manager of a women’s refuge in Wiltshire, said the money went towards providing security and specialist support to women and their children, who often faced problems that went well beyond domestic violence. She said: “Antisocial behaviour, drinking, making bad choices of friends and relationships: these things all play out in refuges and work has to be done to ensure that they are able to hold down a tenancy after the refuge.”
Cox said specialists were on hand 24 hours a day in the refuge she managed, and had to be in order to ensure the safety of the women staying there. “If we are only there for an hour a day it is very likely that those families will struggle and those issues will still be an issue,” she said.'

delboysfileofax Mon 05-Sep-16 10:28:36

That's good that there are support staff there, but that's not what housing benefit is for. There's support staff at most hostels YMCA and the like, but that's not £300 a week! And residents at those places often have issues with alcohol, ASB and making bad choices of friendships and relationships

Cherryskypie Mon 05-Sep-16 10:35:40

That is exactly what the housing benefit is for. To provide a safe place for women and children.

Ego147 Mon 05-Sep-16 10:47:00

I'm presuming that the refuges need every penny they can get and that the changes to housing benefit will not be compensated for by the Government?

Jess Phillips is a strong advocate in the House for this. She gets a lot of online abuse for what she does and says.

user1472515172 Mon 05-Sep-16 12:47:09

Imagine begrudging an abused women a grand a month. Jesus wept.

Prawnofthepatriarchy Tue 06-Sep-16 09:32:28

Yes, I think it would be great to have her on MN. Many women, me included, don't know much about DV refuges.

I have, a long time ago, had experience of domestic violence, although I never needed a refuge, probably because I had enough stability to walk away in time. I know a tiny bit about it because I knew a GP who looked after a refuge and I know the women and children have complex issues.

I think Jess Phillips would be great. Please invite her on. I, for one, would like to hear more about the current state of play.

AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Sep-16 11:54:24

Thanks for flagging this to us RosieSW

We do have Jess on our webchat list, and so we hope to have something more concrete to announce soon - hope this helps.

cozietoesie Tue 06-Sep-16 12:01:05

I'd like to have her on a Q&A, here. If there are funding issues - and there do seem to be from previous posts - then that may be the way to flush them out and have a measured discussion about them.

Posters will be aware of a recent Site Stuff thread dealing with MNers' approach to domestic violence. This might be a good way to keep that topic uppermost in minds.

cozietoesie Tue 06-Sep-16 12:02:41

Thank you, Alice. smile

Ego147 Tue 06-Sep-16 12:03:53

We do have Jess on our webchat list

I'd hope the parameters could be defined. Unfortunately Jess gets a lot of online abuse from people - especially with her views on Corbyn at the moment sad

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