Councillor’s fears for Northamptonshire troubled families

Cllr Mary Butcher

Cllr Mary Butcher

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A county councillor has raised concerns over Northamptonshire’s Troubled Families programme.

The council has identified 1,200 families which meet the criteria for the scheme and is now working with 558.

The aim is to turn the lives of family members around, reducing the cost of dealing with their problems to the taxpayer.

The total cost to the taxpayer of troubled families in the county is estimated to be £90m.

So far the county council has turned round 22 families, meaning the authority can claim £12,900 under the payment by results scheme.

County councillor Mary Butcher, who has a special interest in domestic violence victims, said: “I am concerned over who is pulling all the agencies together on the scheme and that we don’t treat people like a commodity instead of providing a service.”