Stoke-on-Trent awarded £4.9 million to help disadvantaged families

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been awarded £4.9 million additional funding to help around 10,000 disadvantaged families across the city after applying for the Transformation Challenge Award.

The award will allow the council to help vulnerable people and families living in the city get the support they need faster.

The award is given to councils to help them work with other organisations to give vulnerable families access support they need.

The award fund will allow the council to deliver this support quicker by being able to get appropriate professionals involved as soon as the problem occurs rather than people who need help being referred from one place to another.

The council will therefore save money by reducing the need for more costly services including, court proceedings, hospital admissions or children being taken into care.

Over a three-year period this extra funding is estimated to save the city council around £36 million.

The bid is one of the biggest in the country, and the highest one in the West Midlands.

Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor Joy Garner, cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and communities, said: “This council has applied to the Government for additional funding to assist up to 10,000 families that we know are in desperate need across the city.

“An incredible amount of work has been done to get to this stage, with extensive hours put in to pull together the bid, and work with the Government to highlight the response to the pilot scheme.

“Winning the Transformation Challenge Award means more vulnerable households benefiting much sooner from this co-ordinated and revolutionary approach to supporting people with multiple needs.”

The funding comes after a report on child poverty in the city found that on average 25% of Stoke-on-Trent children live in poverty, and Stoke-on-Trent City Council have vowed to take action.

The highest per cent of children living in poverty was in Bentilee and Ubberley at 41.8%, which is a big jump from the Stoke-on-Trent average of 25%.

Councillor Terry Crowe, cabinet member for economic development and regulation, said: “I feel rather ashamed when we talk about poverty for children and I think that it’s an indictment of the coalition government on the policies they have perused vigorously over the past four years.”

 

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