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Cameron plans to tackle troubled Mersey families

...and there are 4,805 identified in region

Written by . Published on December 16th 2011.

Cameron plans to tackle troubled Mersey families

Plans to radically transform the lives of what the Government as dubbed "the country’s most troubled families" have been  announced by the Prime Minister David Cameron and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

And its figures show that's an estimated 4,805 families in Merseyside.

Cameron announced that £450million has been made available in a new cross-government drive to turn around the lives of 120,000 of them, nationally by the end of this Parliament.

New figures claim that the so-called Shameless families cost the tax payer an estimated £9billion per year, equivalent to £75,000 per family.

This is spent on protecting the children in these families and responding to the crime and anti-social behaviour they perpetrate. The Government says children who live in troubled families are 36 times more likely to be excluded from school and six times more likely to have been in care or to have contact with the police. 

A new Troubled Families Team based within the Department for Communities and Local Government and headed by Louise Casey CB, has been established to join up efforts across Whitehall, provide expert help to local areas and drive forward the strategy.


The £450 million, it says, means the Government will offer up to 40 per cent of the cost of dealing with these families to local authorities - but on a payment-by-results basis when they and their partners achieve success with families.

For the first time, the Government has outlined the headline goals and how success will be measured with the following criteria:

  • Children back into school;
  • Reduce their criminal and anti-social behaviour;
  • Parents on the road back to work, and
  • Reduce the costs to the taxpayer and local authorities.

The new programme will also fund a national network of Troubled Family 'Trouble-Shooters' who will be appointed by local councils.  

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles saID: “120,000 families are a big problem for this country. If you live near one you know very well who they are. And local services like police, health and schools also know who they are, because they spend a disproportionate amount of time and money dealing with them.

“These families are both troubled and causing trouble. We want to get to the bottom of their problems and resolve them – for their own good, and for the good of their communities.” 

Councils will now be asked to look to identify actual families, based on factors such as truanting, antisocial behaviour and cost to public services.

Simultaneously, the Department of Work and Pensions announced that some European Social Fund funding will be used to help some of the country’s most disadvantaged families get back on their feet and into jobs.

The programme, claims the Govenrnment, will provide targeted and personal support for tens of thousands of families and will be delivered by leading welfare to work providers working with local authorities and local organisations.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Margaret BrooksDecember 16th 2011.

What a waste of money. Again, money given to people who dont deserve it and who get enough anyway. What about the struggling working people and the elderley, whose care is being cut. Do you really think these "problem" families are going to respond?

AnonymousDecember 16th 2011.

Just shows how far removed these people are from reality.
and what will happen if they dont want to get out of bed and the kids dont go to school ?
When asked on question time about his second home claim Mr Pickles stated he had to drive 40 miles to work otherwise !!! Join the club mate theres plenty of us about.

AnonymousDecember 16th 2011.

Do you think £67 a week is enough, Margaret?

Absinthe & TurksDecember 18th 2011.

The 120,000-odd families that are causing the most problems and costing the country the most money are those overprivileged, tax-dodging ones than move in the tiny milieu in which Cameron, Osborner et al live.

AnonymousDecember 18th 2011.

That is very well said

AnonymousDecember 21st 2011.

Funny Absinthe but I dont think their the ones to blame for anti social behaviour or crime (other than tax avoidance of course) basicly they'd be good neighbours.

And being a good neighbour is kind of the point the government arent really spending the £450m for be benefit of the families themselves they are spending it for the benefit of the comunities where these "problem Familes" live.


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