Work to support Troubled Families wins council praise from Prime Minister (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Work to support Troubled Families wins council praise from Prime Minister
A NORTH-East council has won praise from Prime Minister David Cameron for its efforts to help disadvantaged families as part of a national scheme.
Darlington Borough Council has been credited with helping to turn around the lives of 32 families under the Government-funded Troubled Families programme and has received official praise for its no-nonsense approach.
Mr Cameron said the success of the scheme in Darlington showed that no family was beyond help.
The flagship Troubled Families programme is a pay-by-results scheme launched by the Government in March last year, which aims to have 120,000 families ‘turned around’ by the next election.
A ‘troubled family’ is said to have been turned around under scheme when the child or children have stopped truanting; levels of youth crime or anti-social behaviour have dropped and a previously unemployed parent has found work.
Darlington Borough Council said it intends to carry on with the programme and has identified a further 161 families who will be targeted by the programme, with the aim of helping 275 families in the town by 2015.
The Prime Minister said: “I am determined that we help people to get on in life including those families where things may be going wrong.
“Every month, more and more of the most troubled families are getting help to deal with these issues head-on in Darlington. That is good for those families, your community and our country as a whole.”
Councillor Cyndi Hughes, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: "Here in Darlington we already had a successful Think Family approach to dealing with challenging behaviour, crime and dependency issues, so taking part in the Troubled Families initiative made sense and enabled us to continue with the effective work we had already started."
Louise Casey, head of the Troubled Families programme, also praised Darlington Borough Council for achieving strong results quickly and for dealing with all aspects of family problems.
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