More problem families being helped to reform

Councils are making great strides in a very short space of time, says Eric Pickles
Councils are making great strides in a very short space of time, says Eric Pickles
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Northamptonshire’s “troubled families” who present significant problems to police and social services are being tackled through an initiative to keep them out of the courts and in school and work.

The Government’s ambition to turn around the lives of 120,000 troubled families is on track at its half way stage, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said this week.

New Government figures showed 18 months in to the three-year programme more than 62,000 families are being worked with and more than 22,000 have been turned around: with children back in school; levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour significantly reduced; and more than 1,400 adults from some of England’s hardest-to-help households now in continuous work.

In Northamptonshire, where an estimated 1,200 families have been identified, 107 have now been successfully “turned around”.

Mr Pickles said: “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.”