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Support for Torbay's troubled families extended

By Herald Express  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By TINA CROWSON

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TROUBLED families in Torbay are to get extra government support until the year 2020.

Nearly 150 families have been helped so far by the initiative.

Now it has been confirmed Torbay Council will be part of the national roll-out of the newly-announced five-year extended Troubled Families Programme. This extension will start in 2015.

In the current phase of the programme the government statistically identified 365 families who were classed as troubled who are living in Torbay.

The council identified and has worked with 241 of these families. By August the council had 'turned around' 144 families, 39 per cent of the original total. Nationally, the government aims to more than double the size of its programme to turn around troubled families, extending it from 120,000 families to 500,000 in an attempt to reduce their £30billion cost to the taxpayer.

Three quarters of the families identified have nobody in work and almost half of which have children excluded from school. Some families trigger police call outs 15 times a month.

The existing £448million programme will be extended to 500,000 families, who will receive support to help them into work and reduce anti-social behaviour.

The programme aims to ensure children attend school, levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour are reduced, and more adults are in continuous work.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and head of the troubled families programme, Louise Casey, have previously visited Torbay to talk to some of the families and Torbay Council.

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  • cornwall999  |  September 01 2014, 10:58AM

    Okay Keith while you have expressed your opinion on jailing these people which I would disagree with, isn`t it important to remember that there are many MP's who have fiddled their expenses all out of public money, as the example of ex minister MP Maria Miller who resigned and allegedly tried to get away with it.! I cannot make a judgement on these family's without the full facts . However, your analysis on the government who only care about their own money is absolutely right! Shirley Sweeney

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  • KeithDonkey  |  August 29 2014, 10:56AM

    Jail only costs more money because the liberal middle class public sector has made it so expensive. A cell and a warden with a key and a bucket costs very little. However the middle class liberals employed in and around the prison sector in counselling, human rights, prison reform etc have built up nice little jobs for themselves. Apparently it costs more to jail someone then to send a person to Eton, ask yourself why. The liberal 'prison doesn't work' campaigners have made sure it is now just a holiday camp. It has become an expensive waste of time because the middle class employees have made it that way. Longer sentences in real prisons work, otherwise the government wouldn't use prison for tax evasion, the one thing the government really care about, their money.

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  August 28 2014, 6:23PM

    Great idea Keithdonkey jailing people will cost even more money!

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  • KeithDonkey  |  August 28 2014, 12:27PM

    How bad do you have to be in this country in order to get more and more public funding thrown at you. We should be taking public funding away from these people and jailing them.

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