County to target struggling families

STRUGGLING families in Eastbourne will soon benefit from intensive support after East Sussex County Council voted to increase levels of help.

There are currently more than 1,000 families across East Sussex suffering from a host of different social problems, including drug abuse and addiction issues, domestic violence, poverty, malnutrition and debt.

But more intensive help is at hand after county hall green lit a three-year spending plan, funded by a £3.4million government grant.

Around £900,000 of that has already been earmarked for the first year, during which the council hopes to help upwards of 300 families in the local area.

Each family will be given single key worker to co-ordinate support and help them make long term changes to their situation.

The key worker will work with the whole family to help them address problems, change behaviours, and function more effectively as a family and within the community.

Sussex Police, the local NHS and a raft of housing authorities will also take part in the scheme.

Councillor David Elkin, the head of children services, said, “We have a good track record of working with partners and across agencies to support young people and families.

“This programme will enable us to build on that work and provide some really intensive targeted support to those families who need it most; families who are struggling with a range of complex problems.

“I am delighted we will be part of this programme and that the Government has provided substantial funding to support the work.

“I am also very grateful to all the partners within East Sussex who are working hard on this scheme with us.”