Peers call for joined up funding for children and families

By Michael Burton | 10 August 2021

Peers have urged Cabinet ministers to produce a cross-Whitehall bid for funding for vulnerable children and their families in the next Spending Review.

In a letter to communities secretary Robert Jenrick, education secretary Gavin Williamson, health secretary Sajid Javid and Treasury chief secretary Steve Barclay the House of Lords public services committee calls for a trial joint funding bid with a focus on a national roll-out of ‘family hubs.’

The peers say there is lack of a joined up strategy for helping vulnerable children who ‘fall between departmental programmes’ while cuts of 35% since 2012 in early intervention support have led to higher costs down the road in late intervention.

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