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More than a quarter of Merseyside’s troubled families are receiving help to turn their lives around, according to new government figures.

Local councils have already worked with 1,336 of the 4,805 families in the county identified as being troubled because of youth crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, or having an adult on out-of-work benefits.

650 Troubled families in Sefton 239 worked with as of March

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said the figures showed that councils are on course to meet the Prime Minister’s target of turning around the lives of 120,000 families by 2015   Figures from local authorities released by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that by the end of the first year of a three-year payment-by-results programme in March, more than 35,000 troubled families were being worked with across England, up from 22,000 in December 2012.

Eric Pickles said:

“The Troubled Families programme is on track to deliver life-changing results for families and communities across the country.  Many services have been set up from scratch over the past year so it is remarkable progress to already be reaching a quarter of the families who need help to change.

“Troubled families are often living miserable lives and can also cause misery to the communities around them, draining around £9 billion per year from the public purse.

“This programme is not only transforming the lives of families we have too often not got to grips with in the past, but it will deliver considerable savings to the taxpayer by reducing their demand on services and helping them make a positive contribution to society instead.”

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