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Councils support Troubled Families scheme

Monday, June 11 2012

Eric Pickles (Photo credit: Andrew Parsons)

Every eligible council across England has agreed to run the Government's Troubled Families programme in their area.

The £448 million programme is a drive to turn around the lives of 120,000 troubled families. It aims to put adults on a path back into work, get truant children back into school, and reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

It is estimated that troubled families put a £9 billion drain on public spending - the equivalent of £75,000 per family a year.

The overwhelmingly positive response from eligible councils across England means that the Government is on track to meet the Prime Minister's pledge to turn around the lives of the 120,000 troubled families in the next three years.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

"It is great news that every upper-tier authority has agreed to run this programme in their area. The fast and unanimous level of take-up shows that the Government has got the confidence of local councils that together we can tackle a problem that councils have long grappled with.

"We cannot go on spending so much taxpayers' money on such a small amount of families without turning their lives around once and for all. This programme is a unique opportunity to do so and I am delighted that every council has opted in.

"We now have an opportunity to offer real and lasting change for these families and the communities around them. Everyone will benefit from getting kids off the streets and into school; getting parents off benefits and into work; and cutting youth crime and anti-social behaviour. But it is also right that we will only pay councils in full if they deliver the results that we require."

Eric Pickles
We have an opportunity to offer real and lasting change for these families
Eric Pickles
Communities Secretary