Guy Opperman MP has welcomed the news that the Government have announced the new Supporting Families funding allocation for local authorities across England in 2023–4.
Northumberland County Council will receive £1,245,300 in this latest round of funding to ensure skilled keyworkers continue to provide tailored support to the most vulnerable families across Tynedale and Ponteland.
Through the Government’s Supporting Families Programme, vulnerable families are allocated a skilled local keyworker to help them to tackle issues they may be facing across housing insecurity, poor education attainment and substance misuse giving them tailored support to turn their lives around.
As this flagship Government programme marks its tenth year, ministers have confirmed that £233.5 million will be allocated to 150 local authorities across England to continue the provision of keyworker support to some of the most vulnerable families in the UK.
This new funding boost builds on the £1.9 billion already invested into keyworker support by the Government over the last decade which has reduced the number of children on the programme entering care by 32 per cent, reduced the number of juvenile custodial sentences by almost 40 per cent and the proportion of adults on the programme claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance by 11 per cent.
Commenting, Guy Opperman MP:
“I am delighted the Supporting Families Programmes is being expanded into its tenth year so vulnerable families in Hexham will benefit from a share of £1,245,300 funding to provide tailored keyworker support to help them turn their lives round.”