Yesterday, the Government announced a new £200 million outreach service to help England’s most troubled families, which G4S will be delivering in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington. Run in conjunction with local authorities and the organisations delivering the Work Programme, the new service will help families with multiple problems overcome barriers to employment.
Minister for Employment Chris Grayling said: “This will be a big part of the work we do to tackle the challenge of troubled families. The organisations taking part in this programme are staking their own money on their ability to turn the lives of these people around. “This is our second big payment by results project, and demonstrates clearly that there is a real commitment out there to deliver social change and to help people do much better with their lives. We now have a comprehensive programme, built on a partnership between national and local government, that I believe can make a real difference to these troubled families.”
Based on the same principles as the Work Programme, providers will be paid by results. The support offered will range from:
- Skills to help people find work such as CV writing, job preparation, timekeeping, problem solving
- Tackling family issues – support for parenting, role models, support for needs children may have, working with schools
- Social and economic issues – debt management, money management, how to look for work
- Health and housing issues – alcohol or drug abuse, working with health agencies, issues around accommodation
- Helping those who are in work to stay in work and progress
- Identifying suitable employment opportunities and helping people get into work
- Helping to move people into the Work Programme
You can read the full announcement from the Department for Work and Pensions on this new service by clicking here.