Source Department of Health and Social Care February 2023
The Department of Health and Social Care has published a report on its progress in implementing ‘The Best Start for Life’ – the vision for children’s first few years espoused by Andrea Leadsom’s Early Years Healthy Development Review.
Reported progress includes:
- announcing around £300 million to fund a new 3-year Family Hubs and Start for Life programme in the 2021 Autumn Budget and Spending Review. This programme will fund new or transformed family hubs and a range of Start for Life services in 75 local authorities with high levels of deprivation in England
- appointing 14 local authorities to become ‘trailblazers’ for the Family Hubs and Start for Life programme. These areas will lead the way in delivering the programme, making the fastest and most ambitious improvements to services for families, and sharing their learning with other areas
- investing £12 million in a separate family hubs transformation fund to support an additional 12 local authorities across England to move to a family hub model by March 2024
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