Government's troubled families programme to be expanded
The government’s troubled families programme is set to be expanded to focus on 500,000 households.
David Cameron is expected today to announce a series of polices designed to put family life at the heart of government policy.
He is expected to announce that the troubled families programme will now seek to help 500,000, as opposed to 120,000 households as originally intended. The programme was launched in August 2011 in the aftermath of the riots that hit London and other English cities. It aims to turn around the lives of people with troubled lives.
Under the scheme, councils receive money for achieving outcomes, including increasing school attendance, reducing anti-social behaviour and offending, and progress towards continuous employment.
The scheme is led by Louise Casey, former head of the Blair government’s Respect taskforce to tackle anti-social behaviour.