The government has today launched a £46m scheme aimed at improving the lives of people experiencing multiple disadvantages in the UK.
Initially announced during Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget earlier in the year, ministers are now calling on local organisations to form partnerships and bid for a share of the fund in order to better support people who are experiencing multiple disadvantages – such as homelessness, mental health issues, and domestic abuse.
Kelly Tolhurst, minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, said: “This £46m funding will help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities turn their lives around and build a brighter future.
“The Changing Futures programme gives local organisations the flexibility and resources they need to work in partnership to deliver effective support where it is needed most.
“I look forward to receiving really innovative bids for projects that will make a real difference to so many people’s lives.”
The programme aims to deliver improvements in a variety of areas.
For individuals, it aims to stabilise and improve the life situation of adults who face multiple disadvantages; for services, the scheme aims to better integrate local services to provide a person-centred approach and to reduce demand on reactive services; and for the local system, it aims to test a different approach to funding, accountability, and engagement.
The scheme is asking organisations such as councils, health bodies, police, probation services, and voluntary organisations to form local partnerships.
David Renard, housing spokesperson for the Local Government Association and leader of Swindon Council, said: “This money will continue to support efforts to help those facing crises such as homelessness, mental health issues or domestic abuse.
“However, as we emerge from the pandemic it is absolutely critical to the national recovery that there is investment in essential local services such as public health, homeless prevention, and local welfare support to ensure those experiencing disadvantage are protected and supported and not left behind.”
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