Cash reward for councils tackling troubled families
Councils charged with turning around the lives of 120,000 troubled families will be given up to £4,000 per successful household.
The Communities and Local Government department has today released the financial framework for the 3-year £448 million troubled families programme – which aims to improve the lives of the families by 2015.
Councils will receive the cash if they get children back into school, reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour, put adults on a path back to work and bring down the £9 billion annual costs caused by dealing with them.
So far the 10 local authorities with the largest number of troubled families have agreed to sign up to the scheme and the government has said that it expects more to follow suit.
Mr Cameron said: ‘I’m committed to transforming the lives of families stuck in a cycle of unemployment, alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour, where children are truants from school - troubled families who cause such negativity within their communities and who drain resources from our councils.
‘I’m heartened that so many local authorities are alert to this challenge and are ready to take forwards our plans to bring about real change. I know that as this programme rolls out and increasingly gains momentum we can help people, and our communities and our society will become stronger as a result.’
The programme is being funded from money across Whitehall to help councils tackle troubled families at the root cause rather than through a multitude of agencies.
To assist in this, the Department for Work and Pensions has agreed to allow jobcentres to share data with councils to help identify those families quicker.
Councils will now be able to draw together the names and addresses of families in their area which fall into the bracket through the four identifying features.
Louise Casey, head of troubled families policy, said: ‘If we work together and get this right, it’s a chance to make a cultural shift in the way services are delivered by professionals - an approach that is about a lead worker gripping a family as a whole and getting to the root causes of their problems.
‘But most importantly this programme is a way to give the kids in these households a chance not to repeat the pattern of unemployment, lawlessness and failure of their parents and often grandparents.’
The top 10 local authorities in terms of their number of troubled families are:
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