Latest Public Sector News

10.09.13

Troubled Families scheme improving lives of 14,000

14,000 troubled families have had their lives “turned around”, the Government has announced. The Troubled Families scheme has been working with 50,000 families over the past 15 months, with a total of 80,000 of the hardest to help families identified.

The success includes getting truanting children back in school and reducing levels of youth crime, anti-social behaviour and costs, as determined by the DCLG’s financial framework.

Adults are also being helped to get off benefits and into work. The figures are submitted by local authorities to the Troubled Families team, with councils paid up to £4,000 through a payment by results scheme.

Prime minister David Cameron said: “I am determined that we help people to get on in life, including those families where things may be going wrong. For some, that starts with attending school every day, staying out of trouble with the police and taking practical steps towards work, just as other families do. Every month more and more of the most troubled families are getting help to deal with these issues head-on. That is good for those families, their community and our country as a whole.”

Communities secretary Eric Pickles added: “These figures show that our no-nonsense and common sense approach is changing these families for the better and benefiting the whole community. Considering the often longstanding and deep-seated nature of these families’ problems, it is a huge achievement to have turned so many around in such a short space of time. And instead of several costly services working with the same family but failing to solve the underlying problems, this approach is both more effective for the family and cheaper too.”

Head of the Troubled Families programme Louise Casey said: “Councils deserve credit for taking up the challenge of the Troubled Families programme and achieving results so quickly. By dealing with all the family members and all of their problems in a tough and intensive way we are finally getting to grips with problems which may have persisted for generations, giving hope to people who have often been failed in the past and relief for the communities that suffered the effects of their behaviour.”

The results were announced as Casey and Pickles visited the troubled families programme, Families 1st, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This scheme has turned around 163 of its 790 troubled families, and is working with 358.

Cllr Chris Roberts, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “The key to helping families in crisis comes from within the home itself.  Families 1st works by providing the catalyst for families to recognise their problems and to recognise that if they actively engage with the scheme they will get all the help they need to make a better future for themselves and their children.

“Families 1st is a central part of the Royal Borough’s anti-poverty strategy which promotes economic growth and regeneration and increasing access to local jobs.” 

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@publicsectorexecutive.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >