Merseyside has been awarded nearly £2.3 million by the government to improve services in the county.

Local authorities will receive a share of the £89.4 million Transformation Challenge Award for three projects in the county.

£1 million will be used to set up a Health and Employment Action Team in Wirral, with the aim of getting people off health-related benefits and back into work. In areas of Birkenhead, over a third of the working population claimed these kinds of benefits in 2013.

All six of the county’s local councils will also receive £765,500 to improve local care services, and Liverpool has been awarded £512,987 to support struggling families and prevent problems becoming crises.

Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins said:

“Merseyside has shown what can be done to improve the services people get and reduce the costs of public services.

“By working with others, local public bodies are eliminating waste and creating services which help people first time – not services which send people from pillar to post to get problems sorted.”

All of the bids were submitted by partnerships which set out how they would work together to eliminate duplicate services and provide more coherent support for people.

In total, the 73 successful bids involve 287 partners including 122 local authorities and 165 other organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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