BARNSLEY Council has been awarded a share of more than £300m in funding to support family centres across the town.

The council is one of 75 local authorities eligible for a piece of the funding which will provide help for babies, children and families.

The funding will be used to develop the town’s existing family centres.

Mel John-Ross, the executive director of children’s services, said: “We are delighted to be receiving this funding, to make it easier than ever for families to access support when they need it.

“Barnsley is a place that fosters and grows ambition, enabling everyone to be the best they can be.

“This funding will help us continue supporting families to enjoy happy, healthy, and longer lives in safer and stronger communities.”