The Government also announced those fleeing domestic abuse will automatically be considered a priority by councils for housing.

Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said: ’This multi-million-pound package is a boost for charities working on the front line to provide often lifesaving support or services at this unprecedented time.

’This includes essential support for domestic abuse victims, living in fear in the place where they should feel most safe – their home.’

Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, said: ‘Councils are working tirelessly to protect and help those who are most vulnerable during this pandemic. A joined-up approach, alongside the police and health, is vital so we are pleased the secretary of state has been able to secure vital extra funding for support services.’

During Saturday's briefing, Mr Jenrick said the government will "work with refuges to make this option available to them" where necessary.

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