Fears that Bradford's ‘Families First’ scheme may miss its target (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Fears that Bradford's ‘Families First’ scheme may miss its target
10:50am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
Concerns that a scheme set up to help the district’s most troubled families would fail to meet its target were raised last night.
Bradford’s Families First initiative won high praise from councillors on the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee when it met at City Hall. But there were worries that the scheme could fail to meet its target of helping 1,760 families by 2015. So far the three-year project has helped 281 families. Chairman of the scrutiny committee Councillor Malcolm Sykes (Con, Thornton and Allerton) said: “It is a big challenge to keep motivating the staff involved to keep going to the end of this, or we are not going to achieve anywhere near the target. That is simple maths.”
Coun Alan Wainwright (Lab), whose Tong ward was identified as having the most troubled families when the project started, praised the initiative but added that there were families in the Holme Wood area that were slipping under the scheme’s radar. Coun Geoff Reid (Lib Dem, Eccleshill) gave the scheme, which is in line to save the taxpayer nearly £4 million a year according to a report presented to the committee, the thumbs up.
He said: “If it delivers long-term outcomes, but savings of £381, then it still would have been worth it. I warmly welcome it.”
Coun Sykes added that it was a “fantastic programme” and that any savings made by the project should be reinvested in it to take it forward.