739 Gosport families benefit from Hampshire’s Supporting Families Programme

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed the news that 739 Gosport families have benefitted from Hampshire’s Supporting Families Programme, otherwise known as the Troubled Families Programme. The support given has not only supported Gosport families but saved £27 million that would have come out of the public’s purse.

The Troubled Families Programme is currently helping up to 400 000 families with multiple complex needs. The national £920 million programme funds:

  • More keyworkers coordinating support for families
  • Integration of services in communities
  • Training for the whole family
  • Community support

Since the launch of the programme, across the UK have seen significant improvements for families and also financial savings. Nationally, in the year before starting the programme, adults were 5 times more likely to claim benefits and 9 times more likely to have a caution or conviction. In that same year, children were 3 times more likely to be absent from school and 9 times more likely to be a child in need.

Since 2015, the Programme has seen substantial and long-lasting effects for families in need. 98% of trouble families employment advisers say the programme is effective in achieving long-term positive change and is effective at achieving the whole family working.

Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage, stated:

“I am delighted to see real benefits being brought to local families who need it the most. It is important that the support given helps families in the long-term, and I am glad to see the tangible results since 2015. Not only is this beneficial to families and children, but also helps reduce pressure on our social services, NHS and courts. I look forward to seeing the continued success of the programme in Gosport.”

Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP said:

“The success of the Troubled Families Programme is down to the tremendous efforts and tireless work of all those involved including the families themselves. I have seen first-hand how the programme has made a real difference for families up and down the country, with fewer children going into care, fewer adults going to prison and more adults back in work. When we strengthen our families, we strengthen society; because when families thrive, we all thrive. This government will continue to champion families at every turn, helping them play their part in a society where no one is left behind.”