OVER 8,000 vulnerable families across the West Midlands will receive support through the government’s Supporting Families programme.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced that councils across England will receive a share of over £200million in 2022/2023 to support vulnerable families in their communities and help them build a brighter future.
Working jointly with the Department for Education and other departments, the extra money is said to help tackle the challenges that vulnerable families face including those that put them at risk of neglect or harm.
Coventry City Council is set to receive £1,492,000 and Solihull Council will get £661,534 and neighbouring Warwickshire County Council will be handed £1,426,600.
The department say more than 470,000 families have been supported to build a brighter future since the programme was launched in 2015 and this latest announcement means councils will be able to support even more families combat problems
Dedicated key workers work with every member of the family and bring local services together to resolve issues at an early stage before they develop into more significant problems.
Families are supported to leave abusive relationships, receive joined-up support for mental health issues and help people find work.
Minister for Levelling up Communities Kemi Badenoch said: “As a society we must help the most vulnerable in our communities and the government is focused on giving families the support they need to build a better future.
“Our Supporting Families programme in the West Midlands plays an integral role as we recover from the pandemic, making sure children get back to school, helping those who have lost their jobs get back into work, protecting people’s mental health and stopping domestic abuse.”
To date up to £1.2billion has been invested in the programme since 2012.