The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has announced the next phase of its £165 million flagship programme to support vulnerable families.

Since 2015, the newly named ‘Supporting Families’ initiative has helped over 400,000 families to build brighter futures, and more than 870,000 families have benefitted from the ‘whole family’ approach to tackling problems.

Previously known as the ‘Troubled Families’ programme, it helps people to leave abusive relationships, get support for mental health issues and find work. The programme has also reduced the number of children going into care, and the number of adults going to prison.

Families involved in the programme are assigned their own dedicated keyworker, who is able to bring local services together to resolve issues before they develop into more serious problems.

Originally launched in 2012, the programme has delivered significant results while reducing taxpayers’ costs for services including the prison and care systems.

Housing Secretary, Rt Hon. Robert Jenrick MP said: “For the next phase, Supporting Families will continue this important work backed by £165 million funding to help families with multiple complex problems to overcome difficulties as early as possible. It is a critical part of our moral mission to tackle intergenerational unemployment, crime, domestic abuse and family breakdown.”

The role of Supporting Families became even more pivotal during the pandemic. It helped vulnerable households to gain access to food and equipment for home learning. It also ensured that families were supported during lockdown, introducing virtual meetups and doorstep visits, in line with social distancing guidelines.

Jenrick also said: “As we come out of the Covid-19 pandemic it is more important than ever we support families. The last year has shown what can be achieved if different agencies act as one and wrap their arms around the most vulnerable.”

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