Tragic Jane’s mum backs charities in legal battle

Support: John and Penny Clough and (below) their late daughter Jane
Support: John and Penny Clough and (below) their late daughter Jane
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The mum of murdered nurse Jane Clough is backing two domestic violence charities in their fight against Lancashire County Council.

Penny Clough, whose daughter Jane was murdered outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2010 by her ex-partner Jonathan Vass, said she “applauds” Valerie Wise from Preston Domestic Violence Services (PDVS), who is taking the county council to the High Court over its funding processes.

Jane Clough

Jane Clough

The Evening Post reported on Friday that PDVS and Empowerment (formerly Lancaster and District Women’s Aid) put in for a tender for funding to deliver domestic abuse help to high and medium risk victims across Lancashire.

But the groups missed out on more than £600,000 and the funding has been awarded to other organisations to deliver the services.

The charities claim the procurement process was unfair, the feedback they received was minimal and the reasons they have been given for the knock back don’t make sense.

Penny said the move by the council is “short sighted”, adding: “LCC are on the verge of destroying excellent services supporting victims of abuse, domestic abuse, violence and rape by their inept decision making. I have personally seen what Val and her team, and other teams in Lancashire and the Fylde, deliver to clients.

“They deliver the best support and have the trust of the clientele - that teams have built up over years of development.

“I am appalled that putting something on a piece of paper, and the judgement of that, is the basis on which funding is delivered. No one knows what support those victims needs more than the people who have been doing it so very well.”

LCC previously said it can’t comment on the legal matter.