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Government reveals names of first councils eligible to establish Family Hubs

The Department of Education has released the names of the first 75 Councils to benefit from new Family Hubs.

The chosen councils will be the first to benefit from £302m funding to create the new Family Hubs that will provide services for children from birth to 19.

£100m of the total funding will be available to roll out bespoke parent-infant relationship and perinatal mental health support, with 82m to create the network of family hubs, £50m to establish breastfeeding support services, £50m to fund evidence-based parenting programmes, £10m to be used to support local authorities to publish a clear "Start for Life offer" and a further £10m to be ringfenced for councils to trial innovative Start for Life workforce models.

Local authorities eligible for a share of the funding are listed as:

Barking and Dagenham, Barnsley, Bedford Borough, Birmingham, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bradford, Brent, Bristol, Calderdale, Camden, Cornwall, Coventry, Croydon, Derby, Doncaster, Dudley, Durham, East Sussex, Enfield, Gateshead, Greenwich, Hackney, Halton, Haringey, Hartlepool, Hounslow, Isle of Wight, Islington, Kent, Kingston Upon Hull, Knowsley, Lambeth, Leicester, Lewisham, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Medway, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newham, Norfolk, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottingham, Oldham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Redcar and Cleveland, Rochdale, Rotherham, Salford, Sandwell, Sheffield, South Tyneside, Southampton, Southwark, St. Helens, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Tameside, Telford and Wrekin, Thurrock, Torbay, Tower Hamlets, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Forest, Wolverhampton.

Nadhim Zahawi, Education Secretary said: “Evidence shows that some of the most disadvantaged families don’t access vital services. Family hubs offer localised early help and intervention, from early years support to parenting classes, all of which can make a transformative difference in the lives of parents and carers who may not have a support network.”