Improving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups
In 2012/13, we:
Helped more than 600 residents through the Hitting the Cold Spots scheme, which provides advice and support on how to stay warm in the winter. This also included helping people with issues such as switching to a cheaper energy tariff, accessing grants to cope with winter fuel emergencies, and debt and benefit advice.
Launched the Supporting Hampshire’s Troubled Families Programme, designed to help families with multiple and complex problems at the earliest opportunity, supporting them turn their lives around. In its first year, the programme identified 530 families for support, and put in place plans to help 300 of those families.
Offered 99.5% of parents a place for their child at a school of their choice. 96.2% were offered their first preferred school, which is a record high (and 10% higher than the national average). We have also committed more than £160m to providing an additional 8,000 primary school places in Hampshire, in response to increased demand.
Supported continued good performance in Hampshire’s schools, with 75% of primary school pupils, and 77% of secondary pupils, in our area attending either a school that was judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.
Provided funding for more than 3,500 children with disabilities to take part in recreational and leisure activities, giving their carers respite.