Osborne allocates £12m for women and girls projects

By Jess Brown

| 17 March 2016

A project that works to reduce the number of children going into care is among those to get funding from the government's "tampon tax fund" raised from VAT on sanitary products.

Chancellor George Osborne has announced £12m for charities supporting women and girls. Picture: HM Treasury

The Pause project has been awarded £500,000 to expand its current programme nationwide. The service helps women develop new skills, and offers therapeutic and behavioural support to help break the cycle of their children going into care.

The organisation was previously awarded £3m by government in 2014 under the Department for Education's Innovation Programme in order to expand their work to other areas. It currently has services in Hackney, Islington, Newham, Greenwich, Southwark, Doncaster and Hull.

Pause chief executive Sophie Humphreys said: "This is a great opportunity for us to further increase the spread and scale of Pause nationally, whilst enabling us to support a further six prospective Pause sites to become a reality." 

"This is further recognition by central government of the need to intervene in vulnerable women’s lives and reduce the number of children being removed into care. Pause achieves this by supporting these women to break destructive cycles and bring about a positive change in their lives."

The money was part of £12m announced by Chancellor George Osborne in yesterday's Budget for charities working with women and girls, from proceeds of the so-called "tampon tax".

Other beneficiaries include Girlguiding, which will receive £1m to develop, implement and evaluate a renewed Youth Programme and revitalise its national framework.

Girlguiding's chief executive Julie Bentley, said: “This support will help us further develop our programme offer to girls and young women across the UK, equipping them with skills for success, a safe space to develop, as well as providing more amazing opportunities for outdoor adventure and the opportunity to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond."

Meanwhile, the charity Rosa will administer a £2.2m small grants fund that local organisations working with women and girls can apply for funding from.

Samantha Rennie, executive director at Rosa, said: “We know many smaller women’s organisations are doing valuable work and were unable to access 'tampon tax' funds.

"Rosa looks forward to helping many smaller groups working in Rosa’s four priority areas to have a bigger impact within their communities, and in their work to further gender equality and social justice in the UK”.

Other charities and projects to receive funding include:

  • White Ribbon Campaign, which will receive £265,000 to deliver a campaign aimed at encouraging men and boys to challenge violence against women and girls

  • Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, which will receive £311,000 to create a Health Alliance for Domestic Abuse and develop innovative work identifying risks within the mental health setting
  • Muslim Women’s Network UK, which will receive £114,000 to expand its services for Muslim women and girls suffering, or at risk of, abuse
  • Action for Children SAIL project in Swansea, which will receive £497,000 to provide young mothers and mothers to be that are going through care proceedings with advocacy and emotional support
  • Parenting NI, which will receive £118,000 to empower mothers to develop the skills for managing the behaviour of their children
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