Joint funding to tackle social issues in county

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A £6m project to tackle social problems across Lancashire is set to be given the green light.

Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Police have announced proposals, backed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, to invest £6m over three years to create a new service.

It will provide services such as support to families where children are at risk of being taken into care or to help vulnerable adults to continue to live independently.

If agreed at tomorrow’s cabinet meeting, the county council will invest £3m, which would be matched by Lancashire Police resources.

Coun Jennifer Mein, council leader, said: “We have worked very hard with Lancashire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner to develop this integrated approach.

“Tackling potential problems at an early stage produces better results for people and reduces the demand on public services.

“Should we approve these proposals, we will create two teams, based in the areas that need them most, who will work alongside the police to support the most vulnerable children, families and adults in our society.”

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, from Lancashire Police, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work completely differently in areas where the demands onall our services are causing real problems for some of our most vulnerable people.”

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