Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, has welcomed the news Milton Keynes City Council will receive almost £1 million from the Conservative Government as part of the Supporting Families fund.
MK Council will receive £980,500 in this latest round of funding, covering 2023-24, to ensure skilled keyworkers continue to provide tailored support to the most vulnerable families across Milton Keynes.
Through the Conservative Government’s Supporting Families Programme, vulnerable families are allocated a skilled local keyworker to help them to tackle issues they may be facing across housing insecurity, poor education attainment and substance misuse giving them tailored support to turn their lives around.
As this flagship Conservative Government programme marks its tenth year, ministers have confirmed that £233.5 million will be allocated to 150 local authorities across England to continue the provision of keyworker support to some of the most vulnerable families in the UK.
This new funding boost builds on the £1.9 billion already invested into keyworker support by the Conservatives over the last decade which has reduced the number of children on the programme entering care by 32 per cent, reduced the number of juvenile custodial sentences by almost 40 per cent and the proportion of adults on the programme claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance by 11 per cent.
Ben Everitt MP said: "A core Conservative value is a focus on families so I'm really encouraged to see the Government continuing to support families who are struggling with insecure housing, substance misuse and other challenges.
“The extension of the Supporting Families Programmes into its tenth year to help vulnerable families in Milton Keynes thanks to a further £980,500 worth of funding will help provide tailored keyworker support to help them turn their lives round."
Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, commented: “Since it began ten years ago, Supporting Families has provided vital help to thousands of families right across the country who face real challenges.
“The results are clear for all to see – the scheme has reduced the number of children entering care, cut the number of juvenile custodial sentences, helped many people into employment and reduced costs for the taxpayer.
“That is why we are backing the programme even further, with over £230 million this coming year to fund skilled keyworkers who help vulnerable and disadvantaged families turn their lives around.”