£200m troubled families fund announced
The government has confirmed the appointment of the eight companies that will administer a £200 million service to help members of England’s most troubled families find work.
The organisations, which are drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, will be receive funding allocated to the Department of Work and Pensions from the European Social Fund.
Local authorities will help to run the scheme and will identify those families in need of support. Housing associations are among the hundreds of secondary providers that will deliver bespoke support services to the families.
Providers will be mainly paid on delivery, in an echo of the DWP’s Work programme.
The companies delivering the projects as prime contractors are: Working Links; The Wise Group; G4S Car4e and Justice Service; Reed in Partnership; Skill Training UK; Paragon Concord International; EOS; and Twin Training International.
In the wake of the riots that swept England last summer, prime minister David Cameron said that transforming the lives of the nation’s 120,000 most troubled families was a top priority for his government.
‘This will be a big part of the work we do to tackle the challenge of troubled families,’ said employment minister Chris Grayling. ‘The organisations taking part in this programme are staking their own money on their ability to turn the lives of these people around.
‘This is our second big payment by results project, and demonstrates clearly that there is a real commitment out there to deliver social change and to help people do much better with their lives. We now have a comprehensive programme, built on a partnership between national and local government, that I believe can make a real difference to these troubled families.’
The £5 billion Work programme came under fire last year after Inside Housing revealed that homelessness charities had received fewer referrals than first expected, making the scheme unviable for some providers.