The government has published the latest official figures for the ESF Families with Multiple Problems Programme. The programme which has been running since December 2011 and is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) offers holistic support to some of the most disadvantaged families in the country, many of whom are facing multiple and often complex problems.

The programme, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, which runs alongside the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Troubled Families scheme, has seen 14,220 people start receiving support within the last six months and has so far helped 11,020 participants move closer towards or into work. The programme is open to any family where one member is claiming a working age benefit, and it has seen rapid increases both in participation and success over the past six months.

Commenting on the latest statistics, Kirsty Mchugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association said:

“The Employment Related Services Association welcomes the latest statistics from the ESF Families with Multiple Problems Programme, which show the increased support being delivered to vulnerable families living across the country

“It is vital that family members with multiple and complex problems continue to be signposted to this important service. The holistic support they receive helps families move into employment, providing them with a route out of poverty.”