Two in three ‘troubled families’ in Northamptonshire have been turned around with Government programme

Helping families includes getting truant children back in school
Helping families includes getting truant children back in school

More than two thirds of troubled families in Northamptonshire have had their lives turned around with help from a Government scheme.

Figures from the Troubled Families programme show that 816 of the 1,200 troubled families in the county have been helped, and 7.107 families have been helped in the East Midlands as a whole.

Troubled families are those facing issues such as having no working adult, school-age children not in education or family members involved in crime.

Although two years ago the Government promised 1,200 Northamptonshire families would have been helped, communities secretary Eric Pickles said he was pleased with the results so far.

He said “The Troubled Families programme demonstrates exactly what our long-term economic plan means for people. New opportunities for families to turn their lives around and make something of themselves; more economic security for local communities blighted by worklessness; and more economic stability for taxpayers, as we reduce the bills for social failure and get this country living within its means.

“It’s a triple-win; an amazing programme; and we’re going to extend its reach as far as possible.”

At an average cost of per £10,000 family, turning around every troubled family in the country would cost £850 million.

But it is reckoned that the cost to the state of these families with no Government intervention would be about £9 billion.

Mr Pickles announced that the programme has seen a total of 85,303 UK families ensure that their children have been back in school for a year when they were previously truant or excluded, reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour within the family, and ensure that an adult in the home has moved off benefits and into work for more than three months.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government 40,000 additional families can begin to be helped by dedicated workers in this financial year in the highest-performing areas.