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Troubled Families Lives Turned Around


8:31am 25th November 2013

The lives of 159 troubled families have been turned around across Dorset according to communities secretary Eric Pickles.

The Government is half way through a national initiative called the troubled families programme and is working with over 62,000 families. The lives of more than 22,000 have been improved with children back in school; levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour significantly reduced; and over 1,400 adults from some of England's hardest-to-help households now in continuous work.

Of the 159 in Dorset, 39 of them are in Bournemouth and Poole with 120 across the rest of the county.

Troubled families are defined as those who are involved in youth crime or anti-social behaviour, have children who are excluded from school or regularly truanting, have an adult on out-of-work benefits, or cost the public sector large sums in responding to their problems, an estimated average of £75,000 per year.

 The statistics also showed that 92,000 families - over three quarters of the 120,000 - have now been identified by councils as meeting the criteria for the payment-by-results programme.

Mr Pickles said:

"I am delighted that our programme is already helping half of our target of 120,000 troubled families at its mid way stage. Councils are making great strides in a very short space of time, dealing with families that have often had problems and created serious issues in their communities for generations. These results show that these problems can be dealt with through a no nonsense and common sense approach, bringing down costs to the taxpayer at the same time."

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