Positive results for troubled families

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire praised the positive effect the programme is having in communities across the country by providing additional stability and practical support to families to help them overcome complicated issues including worklessness, uncontrolled debt and truancy.

Mr Brokenshire said: “We all need support and commitment to achieve our full potential. We’re all the product of other people’s kindness. That starts with stronger families – as the cornerstone of stronger communities – and this is the driving spirit of the Troubled Families Programme.”

The LGA pointed to the key role councils have played in delivering the programme and called for the funding to be continued in this year’s Spending Review.

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Councils have played a pivotal role in making the Troubled Families Programme a success for some of the most vulnerable families, and we urge the Government to continue funding this vital service.

“This is one of the few remaining sources of early intervention funding for councils, with the Government’s Early Intervention Grant cut by £600 million since 2013.

“However, if councils are to effectively support families and intervene early, then the Government must use the Spending Review to address the wider financial pressures on services that support children and families. Children’s services alone face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025.”

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