September 2019

Families First News

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Troubled Families Funding Update

Following the Government Spending Round on 4th September, we have now received confirmation that the Troubled Families funding will continue for a further 12 months until the end of March 2021. We have no further information on what this funding will be and are expecting an announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government shortly. Please see the message from the Ministry below:

We are pleased to tell you that continued funding has been confirmed for the Troubled Families Programme for 2020-21, as part of the one-year spending round. This great news was announced in HM Treasury’s spending review document.

Thank you to everyone that has been involved in supporting families to achieve fantastic outcomes across the country, whether through direct family intervention, analysis, management or strategic leadership. Your success over the past 4 years enabled us to make a strong case for this further funding. We know you are already working hard to embed whole family working across the public sector, and there is still much more to do. The aim of this additional year of investment is to enable you to go further and faster.

It is much welcome news, however like many other authorities; Hertfordshire is having to consider the pressure associated with sustaining non-statutory services within reduced resources.  For this reason, we are being asked to consider how early intervention services could be delivered in the future.  We want to ensure that partner’s views are heard throughout the process and that there are ample opportunities to shape and develop a future sustainable Families First model.

In light of this, we will be hosting a range of stakeholder workshops. To book your place, please contact You can also continue to feedback your views at local Partnership Boards.

Stakeholder workshop dates:

  • Stevenage and North HertsMonday 14th October now Thursday 14th November, 10am
  • Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere - Friday 25th October
  • St Albans and Dacorum – Monday 28th October,
  • East Herts, Broxbourne and Welwyn/Hatfield  - Monday 4th November

We are really proud of all the hard work, passion, enthusiasm and incredible outcomes and the difference that the Families First partnership makes to families in Hertfordshire. We remain optimistic that a 3-year comprehensive spending review in spring next year will provide us with some stability beyond 2021, however we will need to prepare for all potential scenarios.




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