Eric Pickles reveals 300 troubled families in Wirral have had their lives 'turned around'

Wirral Globe: Eric Pickles reveals 300 troubled families in Wirral have had their lives 'turned around' Eric Pickles reveals 300 troubled families in Wirral have had their lives 'turned around'

MORE than 300 “troubled” Wirral families have been helped under a Government scheme designed to “turn their lives around.”

They are among 2,767 Merseyside families who, according to the Government, are “back on track” after intervention by local authority specialist teams.

Speaking at the Local Government Association annual conference in Bournemouth, communities secretary Eric Pickles announced that 52,833 of the most troubled families in England have been turned around by local authority teams since April 2012.

Mr Pickles said this means that:

• Children are back in school for three consecutive terms where they were previously truant or excluded. 

• High levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour have been significantly reduced. 

• Adults that were on benefits have been in work for at least three months.

The secretary of state said that councils all over England had risen to the challenge of helping whole families improve their lives, through a “tough love” approach that combines intensive and practical support.

Mr Pickles said: “To have helped so many families so quickly is testament to the hard work and determination of troubled families teams across the country.

“Nobody is saying that troubled families will become model citizens overnight but turning them around starts with getting kids off the streets and into school, giving them a better chance in life, and helping adults into employment or better able to work.

“This is good for the taxpayer, good for the families themselves and good for the communities around them.”

Local authorities are paid up to £4,000 on a payment-by-results basis for turning around troubled families.

The Government’s £448m, three-year budget for 2012 to 2015 is drawn from six Whitehall departments who all stand to benefit from the public sector working more effectively with troubled families.

At the Spending Review last year it was announced that the “Troubled Families programme" would be expanded to work with more families.

The Budget in March announced that work with up to 40,000 of these families would begin this year.

Some 900 families living in Wirral have been identified as being in the “troubled” category.

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2:57pm Thu 10 Jul 14

bigfoot says...

Is he talking about OUR Wirral,you know the one that cynically neglects vulnerable people?
Is he talking about OUR Wirral,you know the one that cynically neglects vulnerable people? bigfoot
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3:55pm Thu 10 Jul 14

woodcutter 56 says...

Ah that explains ot the local authority are paid £4000 per family more money for the trough
Ah that explains ot the local authority are paid £4000 per family more money for the trough woodcutter 56
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5:57pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Just another load of nonsense from the mouth of a man who isn't shy of a Fish Supper! Sod off Pickles you moron!
Just another load of nonsense from the mouth of a man who isn't shy of a Fish Supper! Sod off Pickles you moron! Joeblogg85
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8:41pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Hugo1008 says...

I would be delighted if Eric Pickles or anybody with some authority stepped in to sort out the shambles that id Wirral Borough Council both the Senior Management and the so called Wirral Councilors who between them have created the worst managed and governed local council in the whole of the British Isles, or England, Scotland, Wales and Both of Ireland administrations.

There has never been a history of lies, deceit, maladministration, dishonesty, corruption, mis information, and cover up practiced anywhere in the country as bad as Wirral Council over the past twenty years and especially the last ten years of complete chaos.

And to compound all the mess that has gone before they made the chief totally useless clown a Mayor, you just could not write enact a more farcical situation if you tried.
And I am an Ex Labour Supporter, but never again since Teflon Tony Blair had his snout in the trough of plenty.
I would be delighted if Eric Pickles or anybody with some authority stepped in to sort out the shambles that id Wirral Borough Council both the Senior Management and the so called Wirral Councilors who between them have created the worst managed and governed local council in the whole of the British Isles, or England, Scotland, Wales and Both of Ireland administrations. There has never been a history of lies, deceit, maladministration, dishonesty, corruption, mis information, and cover up practiced anywhere in the country as bad as Wirral Council over the past twenty years and especially the last ten years of complete chaos. And to compound all the mess that has gone before they made the chief totally useless clown a Mayor, you just could not write enact a more farcical situation if you tried. And I am an Ex Labour Supporter, but never again since Teflon Tony Blair had his snout in the trough of plenty. Hugo1008
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