The role of the Task Force is to co-ordinate the Government's drive against social exclusion, ensuring that the cross-departmental approach delivers for those most in need. The Task Force will champion the needs of the most disadvantaged members of society within Government, ensuring that as with the rest of the public service reform agenda, we put people first.
The Office of the Third Sector has published an action plan outlining opportunities for the third sector to play an enhanced role in public services. 'Partnership in Public Services: an action plan for third sector involvement' will be of interest to all organisations involved in tackling social exclusion. An interim report on the review of the future role of the third sector has also been published.
On 9 November 2006 the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills invited applications from primary care trusts and local authorities wanting to become demonstration sites for the parenting support programme for at risk families. Further information is available on the Department of Health website.