£750,000 cash boost to improve children’s services

BOOST: Gill Alexander welcomed the extra funding.
BOOST: Gill Alexander welcomed the extra funding.

HARTLEPOOL has been handed three-quarters of a million pounds of Government cash to improve services for children.

Hartlepool Borough Council has been awarded £750,000 from the £89.4 million Transformation Challenge Award.

Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins announced that North-East organisations will share £8.8million to invest in service improvements.

Projects in Durham, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside and Sunderland have also been awarded a share of the cash.

Projects range from transforming the way infants and families are helped to overcome poor mental health and parental substance misuse in Newcastle to transferring the ownership and management of some council-run assets – such as community centres and libraries – to local organisations where there is community interest in Durham.

Councils will work with a partners including local Clinical Commissioning Groups, police forces and fire services to deliver the projects.

The Hartlepool project will see the borough council work with the NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group and Cleveland Police.

Gill Alexander, Director of Child and Adult Services for Hartlepool council said: “We welcome this funding which is in recognition of the high quality of services for children and families provided throughout the town.

“This was a joint bid between the Council, health bodies, the Police and the voluntary and community sector.

“In particular, it will help all of the partner organisations develop a single point of access for services including social care, education and health and ensure that early help and support is made available to children and families when they need it.”

Announcing the funding awards, Kris Hopkins said: “Organisations across the North East have shown what can be done to improve the services people get and reduce the costs of public services.

“By working with others, local public bodies are eliminating waste and creating services which help people first time – not services which send people from pillar to post to get problems sorted.”