Almost 100 of Middlesbrough's most troubled families helped by government scheme (From The Northern Echo)
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Pickles praises on-target scheme to help worst families
ALMOST 100 families have been helped in Middlesbrough in a scheme to help families in need.
The Government’s Troubled Families programme was put to work in Middlesbrough, with 93 families already helped by the scheme.
As a result of the programme the council said children were back in school where they were previously playing truant or excluded; high levels of youth crime were down; adults were getting off benefits and back into work and the costs to local public services had been reduced.
Middlesbrough Council has now identified 350 of the hardest to help families who will be targeted by the programme. The scheme aims to help 570 families by 2015.
Prime Minister David Cameron praised the scheme, and communities secretary Eric Pickles said: “These figures show that our no-nonsense and common sense approach is changing these families for the better and benefiting the whole community in Middlesbrough.
“Considering the often longstanding and deep-seated nature of these families’ problems, it is a huge achievement to have turned so many around in such a short space of time.”
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