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Cash Incentive for Problem Families in Dorset


1:11pm 14th June 2012

Troubled families in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland could receive up to £8,000 a year for good behaviour.

Dorset County Council has signed up to the Government's Troubled Families Programme.

Troubled families will be rewarded if they can demonstrate real, positive change. Like improving their child's school attendance, and reducing their number of exclusions.

Funding will also be given for a drop in anti-social behaviour, youth offending and if a parent gains employment.

The scheme is run on a payment by results basis and is designed to improve opportunities for problem families across the County.

The Council will have to work closely with the public sector and voluntary bodies and make real changes for families with problems, to attract the funding.


They payment results and outcomes are:

85% attendance in schools and fewer than three exclusions from school.

60% reduction in anti-social behaviour across the whole family.

33% reduction in youth offending

Progress towards work such as referral and attachment to the Work Programme or the European Social Fund provision for troubled families, payment of £100 (in 2012/13)

One adult moving off benefits and into continuous work, payment of £4,000.

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