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.