BURNLEY MP Julie Cooper has welcomed a cabinet minister’s announcement of a new duty on councils to provide women’s refuges for domestic abuse victims backed by government cash.

She told the House of Commons it could help secure the future of Jane’s Place, East Lancashire refuge for women with complex needs under threat of domestic violence.

The refuge, named after Barrowford’s Jane Clough murdered by her abusive ex-partner Jonathan Vass in 2010, is run by Burnley-based Calico Homes.

Local government secretary James Brokenshire said a review of provision had prompted him to put new duty on councils to improve domestic abuse accommodation.

He said: “This new approach will be backed by funding from the government.”

Mrs Cooper told Mr Brokenshire: “I have often raised concerns about Jane’s Place, which opened in 2017 to provide specialist support for victims of the most horrendous domestic abuse.

“More than 400 women and their children have benefited. I welcome your statement .Its funding has been extremely precarious."