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Our response to the coronavirus outbreak is continuing – and our focus is on keeping critical services running, particularly those supporting vulnerable people.

We are currently working through the detail of the latest government announcements which affect Leicester city and parts of the county. 

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£2m investment to help vulnerable families

£2m raised from council tax will keep open more children's centres

£2m more for early help WEB

An extra £2m is being invested in supporting vulnerable people and will help keep more children’s centres open.

The money - gathered through council tax - will be injected into a new Family Wellbeing Service and means six more centres remaining open than originally proposed.

The new service brings together children’s centres, Supporting Leicestershire Families (SLF), Youth Offending Service (YOS) and Information, Support and Assessment teams into one new-style service.

A three-month consultation on plans attracted nearly 800 responses.

 

People value their children’s centres - and we’ve always recognised that some people will be affected by the proposals. That’s why we’ve listened to what they have had to say and we are earmarking more money.

We face significant funding challenges and merging ‘early help’ services enables us to bring down costs by reducing duplication. But we’re committed to helping families who need the most support.

This extra investment offsets the Government’s ‘troubled families’ fund we’re expecting to end, reducing the impact on vulnerable people.

 

The new Family Wellbeing Service will:

  Support vulnerable children aged 0-19 and their families

  Operate from 21 buildings across the county – an increase of six centres from the original proposals

  Reduce costs by £1.5m

  Deliver support in people’s homes and other community venues

The six centres which will remain open are at Melton (The Edge), Shelthorpe (Loughborough), Bagworth, Moira, Braunstone and Barwell.

The 12-week consultation resulted in 794 responses, the vast majority of feedback coming from users of the children’s centres.

 

I want to thank all those people who took the trouble to contribute to the consultation, and we have tried to address many of the concerns expressed in the feedback.

 

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