More than 100 Lincolnshire troubled families 'turned around'
The government’s groundbreaking Troubled Families programme has successfully 'turned around' the lives of more than 100 Lincolnshire families.
The programme was designed to get children who were playing truant back in school, reduce levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour and get adults off benefits and into work.
In Lincolnshire, 841 families were identified as troubled at the end of June this year of which 616 worked with the programme.
And 112 of those families were successfully turned around.
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Head of the Troubled Families programme Louise Casey said: “Councils deserve credit for taking up the challenge of the Troubled Families programme and achieving results so quickly.
"By dealing with all the family members and all of their problems in a tough and intensive way we are finally getting to grips with problems which may have persisted for generations, giving hope to people who have often been failed in the past and relief for the communities that suffered the effects of their behaviour.”
Prime Minister David Cameron 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.”
Local authorities are paid up to £4,000 on a payment-by-results basis for turning around troubled families.
The government’s £448m three-year budget for 2012-15 is drawn from across six Whitehall departments who all stand to benefit from the public sector working more effectively with troubled families.