TROUBLED FAMILIES PROGRAMME ON TRACK IN NORTH WEST November 25th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments TROUBLED FAMILIES PROGRAMME ON TRACK IN NORTH WEST The government’s ambition to turn around the lives of 19,000 troubled families in the North West is on track at its half way stage, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said today. New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government showed that 18 months in to the three-year programme over 10,000 families are being worked with in the region, and over 4,000 have been turned around. Across England, the government is aiming to turn around the lives of 120,000 families, with children back in school, levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour significantly reduced, and over 1,400 adults from some of England’s hardest-to-help households now in continuous work. Nationally, 62,000 families are being worked with and the lives of over 22,000 have been turned around. The statistics also showed that 92,000 families – over three quarters of the 120,000 – have now been identified by councils as meeting the criteria for the payment-by-results programme. Sefton Total number of Families 650 Number of families worked with as at the end of September 2013 419 Total number of families turned around as at the end of October 2013 119 Progress is being made right across the country. Wandsworth is working with 90 per cent of its troubled families and Newcastle is working with 80 per cent, while Wakefield has already turned more than half of its 930 troubled families around and Leicestershire almost half of its 810. Eric Pickles said: “I am delighted that our programme is already helping half of our target of 120,000 troubled families at its midway stage. “Councils are making great strides in a very short space of time, dealing with families that have often had problems and created serious issues in their communities for generations. “These results show that these problems can be dealt with through a no nonsense and common sense approach, bringing down costs to the taxpayer at the same time.” Head of the Troubled Families programme Louise Casey CB said: “This programme is getting to grips with families who for too long have been have been allowed to be caught up in a cycle of despair. “These results show that a tough, intensive but supportive approach has a big impact; giving hope and opportunity to the families and respite to the communities around them.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!