Troubled families 'on straight and narrow thanks to us' says David Cameron

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HUNDREDS of problem families in Southampton are now “on the straight and narrow” thanks to Government help, David Cameron says.

The Prime Minister has hailed the city as among the biggest success stories from the flagship ‘troubled families’ scheme.

Launched in 2011 – in the wake of that summer’s riots – the programme aims to turn around the lives of 120,000 so-called ‘neighbours from hell’ by 2015.

Dedicated caseworkers work intensively with the poor and low-skilled, often people in poor quality housing, or with mental health problems.

Now new figures show 404 successful outcomes in Southampton, from a total of 685 families which have been provided with help.

Mr Cameron said: “The results have been truly encouraging. Their children are back in school, parents are back in work, or their antisocial behaviour has been significantly reduced.

“In Southampton, the lives of 404 families have been transformed – one of the biggest turnarounds in England.

“That is good news for taxpayers, who have had to spend around £75,000 every year on each troubled family.

“It’s good news for the neighbours living on estates plagued by these problems. And it’s good news for the families themselves, who are finally being given a chance to play their part in society.”

The scheme also aimed to “turn around” families in the region by finding someone permanent work through the initiative.

In Southampton, 14 of the 404 families helped have members in continuous jobs – which means that the rest have achieved progress on truancy, or on anti-social behaviour.

In Hampshire 52 of 388 have been “turned around” (families in work) but there are none among the 32 helped on the Isle of Wight.

Councils are paid up to £4,000 for each family they help. At the start, 80 per cent – or £3,200 – was paid up front, reducing to 40 per cent in 2014-15.

Earlier this month, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) called for local councils failing to help troubled families to face “sanctions”.

And the National Audit Office (NAO) warned that the scheme is “underperforming”, pointing to “poor co-ordination” after it was launched quickly, following the 2011 riots.

But No.10 has insisted that the scheme is “on track” to meet the Prime Minister’s pledge to transform the lives of 120,000 problem families by 2015.

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5:39am Thu 1 May 14

skeptik says...

Trumpet blowing on behalf of Dipstick Dave - Cameron a name destined to be writ down in the small print of political history on the back cover. His professor (now in the Lords) said of him 'David tends to be confused', academic speak for dim.
Trumpet blowing on behalf of Dipstick Dave - Cameron a name destined to be writ down in the small print of political history on the back cover. His professor (now in the Lords) said of him 'David tends to be confused', academic speak for dim. skeptik
  • Score: 7

6:08am Thu 1 May 14

nervousbumskin420 says...

david cameron...what a tw@t.
david cameron...what a tw@t. nervousbumskin420
  • Score: 6

6:09am Thu 1 May 14

10 Minute Man says...

The 'turned around' numbers are probably the only ones with any meaning.

Counting off the "interventions" and "outcomes" is only worth while if they effect change in the long run. I can 'phone some one' and they can 'agree to send the kids to school' and call that a troubled family intervention with an outcome.

And whilst the original Cabinet Office report included people not having enough food or money - needing help, the government cut the "help" to being offered to the problem end - no work, truancy, crime. Fine but the wording of 'helping a troubled family' is more benign than the reality.
The 'turned around' numbers are probably the only ones with any meaning. Counting off the "interventions" and "outcomes" is only worth while if they effect change in the long run. I can 'phone some one' and they can 'agree to send the kids to school' and call that a troubled family intervention with an outcome. And whilst the original Cabinet Office report included people not having enough food or money - needing help, the government cut the "help" to being offered to the problem end - no work, truancy, crime. Fine but the wording of 'helping a troubled family' is more benign than the reality. 10 Minute Man
  • Score: 11

6:51am Thu 1 May 14

localnews says...

Think dodgy Dave lives in a different world to the rest of us
Think dodgy Dave lives in a different world to the rest of us localnews
  • Score: 7

7:09am Thu 1 May 14

aldermoorboy says...

he has saved this country.
he has saved this country. aldermoorboy
  • Score: -6

7:22am Thu 1 May 14

kyrrie says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
he has saved this country.
Do you really mean that or is it sarcasm
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: he has saved this country.[/p][/quote]Do you really mean that or is it sarcasm kyrrie
  • Score: 3

7:32am Thu 1 May 14

skeptik says...

As usual when researching and indeed the national news reports a completely different picture - deemed to be a failure as only one quarter of those identified have been assisted and the success rate at this level is a failure - perhaps revealing sources for this story?
As usual when researching and indeed the national news reports a completely different picture - deemed to be a failure as only one quarter of those identified have been assisted and the success rate at this level is a failure - perhaps revealing sources for this story? skeptik
  • Score: 1

7:43am Thu 1 May 14

bigfella777 says...

14 members of 404 families are now working, wow big success story.
14 members of 404 families are now working, wow big success story. bigfella777
  • Score: 10

8:07am Thu 1 May 14

Hastagger says...

Move them all to Portsmouth and fence it off. #jobdone.
Move them all to Portsmouth and fence it off. #jobdone. Hastagger
  • Score: 8

10:20am Thu 1 May 14

deepheat says...

Cameron, Osborne, Duncan Smith, Mcvey, Pickles W@nkers the lot of em. Nuff said.
Cameron, Osborne, Duncan Smith, Mcvey, Pickles W@nkers the lot of em. Nuff said. deepheat
  • Score: 4

12:13pm Thu 1 May 14

lozgordon says...

The condescending 'barsteward' !! he really must be the most hated man in the UK..
The condescending 'barsteward' !! he really must be the most hated man in the UK.. lozgordon
  • Score: 1

1:35pm Thu 1 May 14

southy says...

Its just came out that 90% new and vacant 90% jobs in the private sector are in London
Its just came out that 90% new and vacant 90% jobs in the private sector are in London southy
  • Score: 0

11:21am Fri 2 May 14

southy says...

bigfella777 wrote:
14 members of 404 families are now working, wow big success story.
He means 404 error
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: 14 members of 404 families are now working, wow big success story.[/p][/quote]He means 404 error southy
  • Score: 1

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