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Community Budgets / Troubled Families

Meeting: 15/03/2012 - Cabinet (Item 336)

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A report by the Acting Director of Children’s Services described Wirral’s contribution to the implementation of the Government’s Troubled Families Policy.  The report included a project proposal (Appendix A) for approval which would be entitled Wirral Intensive Family Intervention Programme. The Cabinet was asked to approve the recommendations as outlined in Section 12 to the report.  Members were advised that the Wirral Intensive Family Intervention (IFIP) would promote the Council’s Corporate Goals.


The programme would support families hoping to move from high levels of need - whereby they required high cost interventions and support- to a position where they were self organising and accessing universal services. Savings would be made (but not immediately) and may well be evidenced in reducing pressures on intensive resources.  The programme was a government priority and it supported the intentions of the Council Corporate Plan.


Councillor S Clarke told the Cabinet that she welcomed the Programme.  It would help the most complex families were there were many failings identified.  It was an excellent piece of work and she looked forward to obtaining good results.


Councillor T Harney welcomed the report and noted the cross party implications.  He hoped that evaluation processes were built in at the beginning of the project rather than at the end.


Councillor J Green informed that he agreed with the approach as some families were in the most chaotic circumstances.  Agencies and their costs were being brought together and investments were being made in the best possible way to ensure success.




(1)  the business case as outlined in Appendix A to the report be approved;


(2)  the appointment of a programme Co-ordinator be agreed and this report be referred this to the Employment and Appointments Committee; and


(3)  Cabinet requests a further report outlining the cross departmental implications in implementing this programme.