Search

Islington Councll urges government: Stop charging domestic violence survivors a £75 admin fee

PUBLISHED: 09:54 19 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:54 19 December 2016

Islington Town Hall.

Islington Town Hall.

Anna Bruce

Islington Council will lobby the government to scrap an “unfair” administration fee for domestic violence victims.

In order to qualify for legal aid, women now need to provide a prescribed piece of evidence to prove they have been subjected to abuse.

One of the accepted forms of evidence is a GP letter. However, some GPs charge up to £75 for this.

At Thursday’s meeting of the council, deputy leader Cllr Janet Burgess’s motion to support the “scrap the fee” campaign was passed.

Data recorded by Holloway domestic violence charity Solace Women’s Aid showed that over the past year in Islington, there were 2,000 domestic crimes against women - up 11 per cent.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Islington Gazette. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Islington Gazette