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Government announces recipients of £12m of Tampon Tax funding

30 Mar 2017 News

Rob Wilson, former minister for civil society

The minister for civil society Rob Wilson has announced the 70 organisations that will receive a share of £12m from the Tampon Tax Fund.

The £12m, which was announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond during the Spring Budget earlier this month, has been designed to benefit charities that support women and girls, particularly those affected by violence and domestic abuse.

Wilson said: “From Cornwall to Dundee, the Tampon Tax Fund continues to benefit organisations in every corner of the UK working to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls, including those who’ve been affected by violence.

“This Fund is helping to improve lives, supporting our ambition to create a fairer, shared society for everyone. I’m glad that so many worthwhile organisations will benefit from this money.”

He made the announcement while visiting the Suzy Lamplugh Trust in South London, which is to receive £200,000 of the fund to help scale up the organisation’s casework support service for women who are being stalked.

Other charities that have received a share of the fund include:

  • Plan International UK – £318,030 for a series of girls’ rights workshops
  • Refuge – £250,000 to develop and deliver a three-year Technological Empowerment Programme for Women to Tackle Gender-Based Violence.
  • Surviving Economic Abuse – £100,000 to raise awareness of economic abuse within intimate relationships and increase the ability of service providers to tackle it.
  • Foyle Women’s Aid – £210,604 for the One Safe Place project which will regenerate a land mark historic building to provide 14 independent living accommodation units for victims of domestic abuse.
  • National Youth Advocacy Service – £209,586 to improve the lives of young women and girls leaving the care system especially those who are pregnant, at risk of teenage pregnancy or child sexual exploitation.

This funding brings the total of investment awarded from the Tampon Tax Fund to £15m in 2016 and 2017. The full list of charities to receive a share of the £12m can be found here.


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