Troubled families are turning lives around

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Hundreds of troubled Blackpool families have turned their lives around thanks to a Government backed scheme, it was claimed today.

According to official findings released by the Department for Communities and Local Government, more than 200 families in Blackpool have had their lives improved for the better since the start of the Troubled Families campaign.

Under the scheme, council bosses receive money for every family whose lives it helps turn around.

The three-year scheme, which launched 18 months ago, identified 515 families in the resort which were in need of help.

And figures released today claim council bosses have successfully helped 203 of those turn their lives around.

In addition, the authority has worked with 315 families since the scheme was launched.

Across the Lancashire County Council area 3,610 troubled families were identified and 1,001 of those have successfully been helped to turn their lives around.

The cash is used to help tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, unemployment, lack of school attendance and young offenders within problematic families.

It is estimated these problems cost some £75,000 every year.

Coun Ivan Taylor, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We are very pleased with the progress that has been made and we have been commended as an authority for the work that has been done in Blackpool.

“It is something we have put a lot of effort into and we obviously intend to carry on down that path.

“We have more than our share of these issues so this is important and it is a priority.”

In Blackpool, one family was involved in the scheme because of issues around criminal behaviour, lack of school attendance and anti-social behaviour.

The mother was given help by the council to improve her skills to get back into work, including gaining qualifications, and a town hall team also helped improve relations between the teenage daughter and her school to ensure she attended more regularly.

Government hits ‘halfway mark target’

The Government’s ambition to turn around the lives of 19,000 troubled families in the North West is on track at its half way stage, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles claimed today.

Nationally, 62,000 families are being worked with and the lives of more than 22,000 have been turned around.

Mr Pickles said: “Councils are making great strides in a very short space of time, dealing with families that have often created serious issues in their communities for generations.”

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