Family Hubs are government policy and various funding sources are available to the upper-tier local authorities. Some of this has been released, but much of this funding remains to be circulated. See our January 2022 funding article for an up-to-date review of government funding.
Different government departments are seeking to tackle issues they are responsible for through Family Hubs, such as reducing parental conflict and ensuring all children get the best start in life. The Department for Education leads on Family Hubs and has made specific funds available to local authorities, for example for data-focused projects, which can enhance or help initiate the development of a family hub model in a local area.
Typically, rather than a costly outlay on new infrastructure, a Family Hub model makes use of existing facilities wherever possible and extends and adapts buildings where necessary. Sometimes opening a Family Hub involves rationalising existing provision and realising financial savings, and that is often part of the purpose in shifting to the Hub model for family support in a local area. However, there is likely to be some need for capital investment, and it is always important to ensure ongoing sustainability.
In the tiles below we present information about government funding available and other funding streams local authorities and other lead partners have accessed in order to open and maintain Family Hubs. We continue to add information from this page as we hear more from government and learn more from the Network.
Many local authorities use Supporting Families money to help families meeting one or more (SF) criteria for both targeted support and intensive early help. Leeds and Westminster City Councils used their ‘earned autonomy’ from the Supporting Families criteria to re-purpose children’s centres and other buildings.
The Isle of Wight combined existing Early Help funding streams with other sources to retain their children’s centres and re-purpose them to be Family Hubs. Manchester used Early Help money that was released under the terms of devolution.
Bexley reduced costs by reorganising children’s centres, rationalising ‘back office’ staff roles, and redesigning their Thriving Families programme (as ‘Troubled Families’ is known locally). Chelmsford co-located staff and reduced IT overheads to cover refurbishment works and make overall savings.
Barking and Dagenham and Newcastle city received money from the local authority Public Health budget, after providing clear evidence of the public health benefit from Early Years and other services provided in Hubs. Chelmsford Family Hub is co-commissioned by a clinical commissioning group.
Hartlepool Hubs received £1.52m from Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund, Esmee Fairbairn. The charity and social enterprise Changing Futures North East was the biggest financial partner in Hartlepool’s Family Hub with a 5 year (2015-2020) strategy.