40,000 families identified in first year of 'troubled families' programme
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40,000 families targeted in first year of 'troubled families' programme
Councils have committed to start work with 41,835 families across England by the end of this financial year – representing over a third of the 120,000 the prime minister wants to see turned around by the end of this Parliament.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles says the Government’s troubled families programme – which pays councils by results – is on track.
Under the deal with local authorities, the Government will pay councils up to £4,000 per eligible family if they reduce truancy, youth crime and anti-social behaviour or put parents back into work.
Mr Pickles today confirmed his department has paid out over £100m in the first round of payment-by-results attachment fees, which, he says, will allow local authorities to move quickly to reorganise services and start working with families.
Mr Pickles said: "I'm delighted that this programme is progressing so quickly as it is crucial to turning around the lives of families that have been untouched by the State for a generation or more and turning around communities that are blighted by the problems these families cause.
"Up-front 'attachment fees' allow local services to be expanded and transformed in order to provide the joined-up and challenging approach we know is needed with these families, so it is good news that the Government has already paid out over £100million to allow this work to begin.
"However under our payment-by-results programme full payment will not be made unless and until our goals of reducing truancy, youth crime, anti-social behaviour and unemployment have been achieved, as well as reducing the costs these families cause to the taxpayer."