Troubled families programme needs involvment of whole public sector to succeed

Published on Thursday, 29 March 2012 10:29
Posted by Scott Buckler

In response to the publication today of the Government's plans to turn around the lives of 120,000 troubled families, Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said..

"Improving lives for families and communities is at the heart of what councils do.

"Councils have been coordinating services locally to help troubled families turn their lives around since before the creation of this national programme. We know that this approach gets better results and can cost less to the taxpayer in the long run. So it is good news that the Government is building on the good work already taking place and directing the extra money to local areas.

"Local government cannot do this alone. Our local partners like the police, health and job centres will need to work closely with us and put money into this too. The success of this scheme in turning around lives of troubled families - and the savings it would lead to in policing, welfare and health budgets – will be dependent on all parts of the public sector playing their part.

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