703 households have turned lives around, but Essex councils fail to hit targets

Southend Standard: Government help for troubled families Government help for troubled families

A GOVERNMENT scheme which aims to get people away from lives of crime and off benefits has turned round the lives of 703 families in Essex.

The £448million Troubled Families programme, launched by the Coalition in response to the 2011 riots, gives councils cash to carry out work with problem families.

It identified thousands of troubled families in Essex, and also gave Southend Council and Thurrock Council thousands to intervene in each family.

The three authorities were given until 2015 to improve the lives of 3,000 families, but less than a third of that has been accomplished, according to a Government progress report.

Southend Council’s housing bosses claim it is a long process to help families, and they want to ensure the effects are long term – which are not reflected in the statistics.

The scheme gives councils £3,200 to spend per identified family, and another £800 once they are “turned round”.

Success is measured by a drop in offending rates, antisocial behaviour incidents, and truancy.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Getting some of our country’s most troubled families’ lives back on track is a key part of our long-term plan.

“It saves the taxpayer money, gives people the chance to get on in life and secures a better future for these families, their communities and for our country.”

Essex County Council was tasked to work with 2,220 families, and has so far helped 497, according to Coalition figures.

Southend Council was told to work with 420 families, and has turned around 80.

Thurrock Council has 360 troubled families and has succeeded in helping 126.

Some areas have already helped three quarters of their troubled families.

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12:41pm Mon 5 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Fact is, the money has already been spent, on other more pressing issues.
Fact is, the money has already been spent, on other more pressing issues. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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1:33pm Mon 5 May 14

jayman says...

using a picture of David Cameron in an article regarding troubled families is like using a picture of a patio heater to highlight global warming..
using a picture of David Cameron in an article regarding troubled families is like using a picture of a patio heater to highlight global warming.. jayman
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2:45pm Mon 5 May 14

Nebs says...

I wonder if the councils have to repay the money if these people offend in the future.
I wonder if the councils have to repay the money if these people offend in the future. Nebs
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5:50pm Mon 5 May 14

Al- Leigh says...

Turning around a troubled family is harder than you'd believe. If it long term change that we want, it takes a long time.
Turning around a troubled family is harder than you'd believe. If it long term change that we want, it takes a long time. Al- Leigh
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