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Troubled Families Helped In Dorset

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12:52pm 6th August 2014

Local authority teams have been praised by the Government for turning around the lives of more than 200 troubled families in Dorset.

The two year programme was aimed at getting children who play truant back in school and reducing anti-social behaviour.

Adults who were on benefits were also helped to get back into work.

Speaking at the Local Government Association annual conference in Bournemouth, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

"To have helped so many families so quickly is testament to the hard work and determination of troubled families teams across the country.

"Nobody is saying that troubled families will become model citizens overnight but turning them around starts with getting kids off the streets and into school, giving them a better chance in life, and helping adults into employment or better able to work.

"This is good for the taxpayer, good for the families themselves and good for the communities around them."

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