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Families project still improving lives

A new report shows a scheme is reducing problems and reducing costs

A pioneering project helping families tackle problems is continuing to make a real difference to lives and reducing costs, a new report says.

Latest analysis shows the County Council’s Supporting Leicestershire Families (SLF) service is improving school attendance, helping adults into work, reducing youth crime, ensuring people don’t miss NHS appointments and more, and reducing public sector spend.  

It shows that:

•  SLF achieved its initial target by improving the lives of 810 families
•  During 2015/16, in nine-of-out-10 assessed criteria, 60 per cent of the 797 families supported have made positive progress 
•  For every one pound spent, public sector costs are reduced by £1.47 – over three times the total in SLF’s first year

 

All of this evidence, as well as powerful case studies, demonstrates the significant impact SLF is having on families across the Leicestershire.

Having considered the national evaluation alongside our own, we remain confident that SLF is effective and importantly, also offering value for money.

 

The report will be discussed by the council’s cabinet next Wednesday (23 November) – The council’s ruling cabinet will consider the report when it meets at 2pm on November 23. You can watch it using our meeting webcast.

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  • SLF helps people to tackle a range of issues including drugs, truancy, unemployment, domestic violence, health problems and anti-social behaviour. 
  • It was launched in 2013 as part of the government’s troubled families’ initiative - following the expansion of the national project, it’s now being rolled out to almost 3,000 more over five years.
  • Public sector costs are reduced in many ways, including stopping people being evicted from homes, ensuring people don’t miss NHS appointments, reducing offending and keeping people out of prison.
  • SLF is made up of a 103-strong team of support workers who bring together services from county and district councils, the police, the NHS and other organisations, reducing the need for families to deal with several different agencies.
     
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