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Hundreds of 'troubled families' get help in East Lancs
THE lives of 860 families have been turned around in just 15 months, according to the latest government statistics.
The government’s ground-breaking ‘Troubled Families ‘programme has successfully helped 14,000 of England’s toughest-to-tackle households, it has been claimed.
These include 840 in Lancashire - which includes Pendle, Hyndburn, Burnley, Ribble Valley, Rossendale and Chorley - and 20 in Blackburn with Darwen.
The figure represents a seven-fold increase from January with children back in school when they were previously playing truant or excluded, and high levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour reduced.
It also means that adults are getting off benefits and into work, cutting the costs to public services and the taxpayer.
Overall, councils have now identified 80,000 of the hardest to help families targeted for intervention by the programme. 50,000 families are already being worked with – up from 35,000 in March.
The scheme remains on track to meet Prime Minister David Cameron’s target of turning around 120,000 by 2015.
In Lancashire, councils have identified 1,815 families and are currently working with 1,421.
Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools at the county council said: "This is an outstanding achievement by the county council and our partners which include district councils, the police, health, schools and voluntary organisations. I'd like to congratulate them on their great work. "I'd also like to thank the families in Lancashire we have worked with to achieve such positive results.
“Their commitment to tackling the difficulties they face, and a truly innovative working approach by agencies, has proved to be a winning combination. "This result is all the more pleasing because these families are facing the most complex difficulties, and therefore this work makes the biggest difference." In Blackburn with Darwen, 165 families have been identified as troubled and 129 are being helped.
Mr Cameron praised the work of councils in implementing the payment-by-results programme. The county council has been able to claim £427,000 for successful work with families.
He said: “I am determined that we help people to get on in life including those families where things may be going wrong.
“For some, that starts with attending school every day, staying out of trouble with the police and taking practical steps towards work, just as other families do.
“Every month, more and more of the most troubled families are getting help to deal with these issues head-on. That is good for those families, their community and our country as a whole.”
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