PRIME Minister David Cameron has praised Torbay Council for its part in a scheme which has 'turned around' the lives of 69 troubled families.
The progress of the programme means that:
* Children are back in school where they were previously playing truant or excluded.
* High levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour are down.
* Adults are getting off benefits and into work.
* The costs to local public services and burden on the taxpayer are being reduced.
Torbay Council has also now identified 223 of the hardest to help families who will be targeted for intervention by the programme.
181 families are already being worked with and the scheme remains on track to meet the local authority’s target of turning around 365 families in Torbay by 2015.
David Cameron praised the work of Torbay council in implementing the payment-by-results programme and said the results showed that no family was beyond help.
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.
"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 in Torbay. That is good for those families, your community and our country as a whole.”
Torbay Mayor, Gordon Oliver said: "I am pleased that the work we are doing to help troubled families is making good progress and that it is being recognised at such a high level. It is only by investing in these families early on that we can prevent the escalation of their problems and the associated costs such as children entering the care system. It also helps to reduce anti-social behaviour and benefits other residents in Torbay.
“There is still work to do and Torbay faces many challenges, but I am confident we can develop and build on our progress so we can continue to provide an improved service to our most needy children, young people and their families and change their lives for the better.”
Head of the Troubled Families programme Louise Casey said:“Torbay Council deserves 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.”