SOME 160 ‘troubled families’ in Wigan borough have been turned around in the last 18 months, according to the latest government figures.
The statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government showed that halfway through the three-year programme, a total of 755 families have been identified and 475 were being worked with as of the end of September this year.
Across England, the Government is aiming to turn around the lives of 120,000 families, including 8,090 in Greater Manchester.
The scheme has resulted in children being back in school; levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour significantly reduced; and more than 1,400 adults from some of England’s hardest-to-help households now in continuous work.
Coun Sue Loudon, portfolio holder for Children and Families, at Wigan Council said: “In Wigan, we welcomed the focus on supporting families in chronic crisis into independence. The Troubled Families programme is part of our wider strategy to develop self-reliance in our families and communities and help all Wigan residents achieve their aspirations. Our front line workers are doing a brilliant job supporting our families and helping them into independence.”
Eric Pickles said: “I am delighted that our programme is already helping half of our target of 120,000 troubled families at its midway stage.
“Councils are making great strides in a very short space of time, dealing with families that have often had problems and created serious issues in their communities for generations.
“These results show that these problems can be dealt with through a no nonsense and common sense approach, bringing down costs to the taxpayer at the same time.”
Nationally, 62,000 families are being worked with and the lives of over 22,000 have been turned around.