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Havering transforms more than half of troubled families

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 May 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

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The government scheme aiming to “turn around” high cost and high need families, including a Havering household that cost taxpayers £250,000, has made huge progress according to new figures.

The Troubled Families scheme, launched in 2011, aims to reduce the financial and social cost of families with serious issues.

As of March, it has now transformed 40,000 of the 120,000 targeted households nationwide, which led David Cameron to say would “secure a better future for the country.”

Havering has excelled in the recent figures, with 222 (53.5 per cent) of the identified 415 families transformed as of March 2014, a huge increase on October’s total of 34.

The Recorder reported in March that one household had cost taxpayers £250,000 over the course of two years, but the latest figures are much more positive.

Kathy Bundred, head of children’s services, said it was a result of the council working “intensely” with the families.

“These latest figures show how we’re progressing on this important programme,” she said. “We’re pleased to see we’re performing well against other London boroughs.

“But this is an on-going project and our focus now is working with the remaining families, ensuring every Havering family experiencing problems has support to tackle their issues.”

Under the programme one team works with the whole of a family on all of its problems in a tough, intensive and coordinated way, rather than different services reacting to individual problems.

At the same stage, Redbridge had turned around 33.5pc of families, Newham 14.3pc and Barking and Dagenham 35.1pc.

There was also better news regarding the number of households that have found continuous employment throguh the project. As of October only one household had an adult who had found work, but just five months later the figure had grown to 42.

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