Ministers Target More Troubled Families

  • The government intends to work with 400,000 more households from 2015

    Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the treasury said:

    "£200 million will be committed to fund the work in 2015/16, which is intended to start a 5 year extension to the scheme."

    He further commented that:

    "Reforming how services are delivered is going to be a central part of this week's spending round. The troubled families programme is a radical example of how, by spending a bit more in certain areas, we can save much more in others and by doing so create a stronger economy and a fairer society."

    The initiative kicked off in 2011 with £448 million of funding to work with 120,000 families by 2015.

    It targets families that have got different problems ranging from unemployment to antisocial behaviour and crime amongst other things.

    Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, said today that the initiative is

    "on track to turn around the lives of 120,000 families by 2015 and reduce the burden they put on the taxpayer for the long term."

    "The central government will be paying 40 per cent of the cost and funding comes through a payment-by-results model."

    The remaining 60 per cent is expected to be covered by local authorities and other partners who gain from the improvements.

    The government retrieves every £4,500 spent on the programme and sets aside £15,000 to deal with the problems that troubled families create.

    The funding commitment will be announced by chancellor George Osborne on Wednesday as part of this week's spending review.

    "The latest figures from the scheme, published in May, show councils had identified 66,000 of the 120,000 troubled families the government wants them to work with at the end of its first year, and were working with 35,000 of those."

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