One of Britain’s top domestic violence charities sounded the alarm tonight over a shake-up to women’s refuge funding.
Women’s Aid warned the change will put the lives of women and their children at risk in a “postcode lottery” of cuts.
Tory ministers want to end the current system of grants for shelters, which are used by desperate women who flee their violent partners.
Instead, shelter funding will be handed out by local councils through a grant.
The change stops refuges suffering problems with new benefit Universal Credit, and was welcomed cautiously by town hall chiefs.
But a prominent critic tonight said the change creates a whole new world of uncertainty.