Third of troubled families helped in North West

May 13th, 2013


More than a third of the North West’s troubled families are receiving help to turn their lives around, according to new government figures.


Local councils have already worked with 6,559 of the 19,385 families in the region identified as being troubled because of youth crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, or having an adult on out-of-work benefits.

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said the figures showed that councils are on course to meet the Prime Minister’s target of turning around the lives of 120,000 families by 2015.

Figures from local authorities released by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that by the end of the first year of a three-year payment-by-results programme in March, more than 35,000 troubled families were being worked with across England, up from 22,000 in December 2012.

Eric Pickles said:

"The Troubled Families programme is on track to deliver life-changing results for families and communities across the country.  Many services have been set up from scratch over the past year so it is remarkable progress to already be reaching a quarter of the families who need help to change. 

“Troubled families are often living miserable lives and can also cause misery to the communities around them, draining around £9 billion per year from the public purse.

“This programme is not only transforming the lives of families we have too often not got to grips with in the past, but it will deliver considerable savings to the taxpayer by reducing their demand on services and helping them make a positive contribution to society instead.”

Further information:

Troubled families are defined as those who:

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

The Government is committed to turning around the lives of 120,000 troubled families by 2015: getting children back into school; cutting youth crime and anti-social behaviour across the whole family; putting adults on a path back to work; and cutting the costs to the taxpayer of tackling their problems. Full details of the Government's payment by results framework for troubled families can be found here:

The figures from local authorities on progress within the first year of the Government’s Troubled Families programme in regard to families 'identified' and families being 'worked with' have been collated from the latest quarterly returns  submitted to DCLG's Troubled Families Team from all 152 upper tier local authorities in England in March 2013. These do not constitute official statistics.

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