Southern Domestic Abuse charity benefits from ‘Tampon Tax’

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A CHARITY that helps victims of domestic abuse is celebrating after being awarded a £190,000 cash boost.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that Southern Domestic Abuse Service has been awarded the cash to deliver services to the most vulnerable victims and survivors of domestic abuse and female genital mutilation.

The government money is on its way after a successful bid by the Havant-based charity.

It follows on from last year’s Autumn Statement where Mr Osborne pledged to operate a new £15m annual fund to support women’s charities.

This is equivalent to the VAT raised on sanitary products each year and is the so-called ‘Tampon Tax’.

The cash will help give support to victims living in the community as an alternative to them fleeing to a refuge.

Children will be supported to understand what has happened in their family and learn about healthy relationships.

Claire Chatwin, chief executive of the charity, which covers south east Hampshire, said: ‘We hope the funding from the “Tampon Tax” becomes part of a long-term sustainable funding solution to supporting victims and survivors and one that is resourced fairly and not just from taxes on women.’

Havant MP Alan Mak said: ‘It is a testament to the vital and meaningful service they provide that the SDAS have been given recognition on a national scale.’