East Lancashire's problem families get £8m support

WORK to turn around the lives of problem families is set to be extended across East Lancashire as part of an £8.7million project.

Trials have been undertaken in Burnley, Preston, Lancaster and Wyre for the Working Together With Families initiative.

And it was found that with assistance from expert family and social workers, the involve-ment of problem families with the likes of police and the criminal justice system has dropped remarkably.

The scheme will now rolled out to boroughs such as Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale and Ribble Valley over the next two-and-a-half years.

Supporters of the work say that by reducing the need for police and social services input, around £82,000 per family can be saved by taxpayers.

Gail Porter, of the Children and Young People’s Directorate, said in a report: “Results from the test areas highlighted a reduction in demand for services and improved outcomes, such as school attend-ance and attainment. In one family there was a 90 per cent reduction in police call-outs over a six-week period.”

At the moment prof-essionals are working with 16 families in Burnley, and 18 more households are being considered for inclusion.

An estimated 2,630 families fit the profile for the ‘problem’ design-ation across Lancashire.

Funding has been given to turn around the lives of 2,192 families —on the basis that 15 per cent may make progress of their own accord without intervention.

In Hyndburn there are around 269 famililes with at least one major issue to be addressed, 371 in Burnley, 278 across Pendle, 195 in Rossendale and just 49 in Ribble Valley.

Targets have been set for those in charge of the project — there must be a 60 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour over six months and at least one adult should have moved off benefits and into employment, among other aims.

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7:37pm Tue 15 Jan 13

ste.g says...

And it was found that with assistance from expert family and social workers, the involve-ment of problem families with the likes of police and the criminal justice system has dropped remarkably.

jailing them will have the same effect and probably be cheaper
And it was found that with assistance from expert family and social workers, the involve-ment of problem families with the likes of police and the criminal justice system has dropped remarkably. jailing them will have the same effect and probably be cheaper ste.g

8:01pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Fire Fly says...

Don't this lot cost us tax payers enough already???

I'd suggest something far easier & cost effective, make them go to work by cutting benefits!
Don't this lot cost us tax payers enough already??? I'd suggest something far easier & cost effective, make them go to work by cutting benefits! Fire Fly

9:06pm Tue 15 Jan 13

mys says...

ste.g wrote:
And it was found that with assistance from expert family and social workers, the involve-ment of problem families with the likes of police and the criminal justice system has dropped remarkably.

jailing them will have the same effect and probably be cheaper
Ha ha well said,what is this world come to eh,parents that can't control there brats once again are getting the help off the government,these so called problem families need to face up to there responsibilties instead of off loading on the fooking tax payer,makes my blood boil...
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: And it was found that with assistance from expert family and social workers, the involve-ment of problem families with the likes of police and the criminal justice system has dropped remarkably. jailing them will have the same effect and probably be cheaper[/p][/quote]Ha ha well said,what is this world come to eh,parents that can't control there brats once again are getting the help off the government,these so called problem families need to face up to there responsibilties instead of off loading on the fooking tax payer,makes my blood boil... mys

10:02pm Tue 15 Jan 13

darwenTower says...

It would be great if government could grow some balls and stop chucking money and airy fairy incentives at these no good parasites.
It would be great if government could grow some balls and stop chucking money and airy fairy incentives at these no good parasites. darwenTower

11:20pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Good call says...

mys wrote:
ste.g wrote:
And it was found that with assistance from expert family and social workers, the involve-ment of problem families with the likes of police and the criminal justice system has dropped remarkably.

jailing them will have the same effect and probably be cheaper
Ha ha well said,what is this world come to eh,parents that can't control there brats once again are getting the help off the government,these so called problem families need to face up to there responsibilties instead of off loading on the fooking tax payer,makes my blood boil...
Why isn't your blood boiling about you being in a country where it is illegal to posess anything for self defence, that your taxes that you are so proud to pay go towards the murder of children in wars of terrorism worldwide and the various orwellian snooping systems,that we are in the eu superstate, a body which people in this country haven't had a say on and that we have a parliament which thinks it should be paid more yet voted to cut job seekers allowance.
[quote][p][bold]mys[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: And it was found that with assistance from expert family and social workers, the involve-ment of problem families with the likes of police and the criminal justice system has dropped remarkably. jailing them will have the same effect and probably be cheaper[/p][/quote]Ha ha well said,what is this world come to eh,parents that can't control there brats once again are getting the help off the government,these so called problem families need to face up to there responsibilties instead of off loading on the fooking tax payer,makes my blood boil...[/p][/quote]Why isn't your blood boiling about you being in a country where it is illegal to posess anything for self defence, that your taxes that you are so proud to pay go towards the murder of children in wars of terrorism worldwide and the various orwellian snooping systems,that we are in the eu superstate, a body which people in this country haven't had a say on and that we have a parliament which thinks it should be paid more yet voted to cut job seekers allowance. Good call

12:35am Wed 16 Jan 13

noddy57 says...

the nanny brigade yet again,just wake up and create some real cures for societys ills, throwing money at em is not the answer,if you put in you can take out ,,just dont keep taking it and not bothering to put any back,simple,,
the nanny brigade yet again,just wake up and create some real cures for societys ills, throwing money at em is not the answer,if you put in you can take out ,,just dont keep taking it and not bothering to put any back,simple,, noddy57

11:51pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Major Tom says...

Stop their benefits and tag them if they show any signs of breaking the law.
Stop their benefits and tag them if they show any signs of breaking the law. Major Tom

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