Laura Sharman 29 October 2014

Pickles praises Troubled Families success

The government’s Troubled families programme has helped to turn around the lives of 69,000 families, according to new figures published today.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said the figures show 99% of targeted families are now being helped by local teams, with councils meeting payment-by-results criteria for more than 69,000 families. This includes tackling truancy, worklessness and anti-social behaviour.

Mr Pickles said: ‘The Troubled Families programme demonstrates exactly what our long-term economic plan means for people. New opportunities for families to turn their lives around and make something of themselves; more economic security for local communities blighted by worklessness; and more economic stability for taxpayers, as we reduce the bills for social failure and get this country living within its means.

‘It’s a triple-win; an amazing programme; and we’re going to extend its reach as far as possible.’

There is still nine months left to go for the three-year initiative, with 117,000 families identified as having multiple serious problems.

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