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.
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.